Stop The World, I Want To Get Off
When I was in high school, my family and I had some tough times to deal with. Life seemed pretty overwhelming and we tried to deal with it with humor whenever possible, or at least relate to something that allowed for a release. I remember during my sophomore year, there was a play at the local dinner theater titled “Stop the world, I want to get off”. I don’t recall what the play was really about, but the title became a catch phrase every time we needed relief from some pressing issue that we were dealing with. There was a special knowing that we were understood and everything was going to be all right. These days I’m doing okay with tough times, but often I find myself in overwhelm. There is so much to learn, keep up with, lists to complete, places to go, people to respond to, things to accomplish, etc., etc., but if I just say to someone out loud or even to myself, “stop the world, I want to get off”, I get a jolt of instant relief and know everything is going to be okay. It gives me a moment to refresh, and recall a time that was truly hard, yet I got through it, time and time again and so I will, once again.