How to Fight Through Falling Apart

Adrian S. Potter
5 min readAug 15, 2021

This simple quote could give you the game plan you need.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Anxiety is an uncomfortable and unfortunate reality for many people.

Often, it makes you feel like an outsider and broken beyond repair. Or worse yet, like a ghost of the person you once were, drifting the earth like it’s purgatory.

But you are not alone. Countless others feel this discomfort or a similar version of it.

I repeat — you are not alone. Sometimes understanding you aren’t the only one who feels like they are crumbling is enough to help you push through another day.

Some folks use quotes or mantras as anchors to hold them in place during life’s severe storms. Saying the right words can provide a safe harbor during tumultuous times. They can help you regain composure and locate your strength. These soothing and empowering words remind you that others are battling this war against anxiety alongside you.

One quote by Shane McClendon provides me with a blueprint for enduring life’s stressors:

“I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe and it will be okay because I don’t quit.”

This. These words. If you are searching for a set of rules to follow when you are frazzled, this quote could provide that protocol.

I will breathe.

It’s not a coincidence that when people freak out that they forget to do the primary action required to survive — breathe.

When panic kicks in, adrenaline and other hormones surge, your heart beats faster, blood pressure rises, and you begin breathing more rapidly. It is a natural response. But it also exacerbates any feelings you may have that things seem out of your control.

There’s a reason why meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness activities emphasize that you should “follow your breath.” Actively focusing on inhaling and exhaling…

Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·