“I finally made it to the top without drowning. I can breathe now. As I look around though, I see everyone else is drowning too. I try to save them but they all start trying to hold onto me. I feel myself going down again.
I cannot let this happen. I must save myself first. I must swim to the boat. They need to learn to swim. They are like a child who is holding onto their parent and is afraid to let go. Do not worry. I will not let you drown. I will throw you a life jacket before that happens.”
This is an allegorical story I wrote to explain how it feels when you are trying to solve everyone else’s problems. You cannot help everyone. You must help yourself first. Only then will you have the strength to help others. If someone is pulling you down in life, separate yourself from them. For only they can help themselves.