What’s Weighing You Down?

Adrian S. Potter
2 min readAug 10, 2021

Let it go. Fly higher.

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

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ― Toni Morrison

The things we clutch onto prevent us from soaring to new heights.

You won’t fly if you stay tethered to material possessions.

You won’t fly if the regrets of yesterday hang heavy on your wings today.

You won’t fly handcuffed to your addictions, even if you think you can quit whenever you want.

You won’t fly remaining attached to a friend or relative you know is toxic.

You won’t fly tied to things not aligned with your purpose.

You won’t fly if you can’t shake free of body image issues.

You won’t fly chained to the nostalgia of the popularity you had back in high school.

I could continue, but you get the point. The more you grasp for or hold onto objects, people, fame, plans, expectations, relationships, feelings, etc., the more miserable you’ll make yourself.

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If they aren’t helping you grow, you may need to give those things up. This might include:

· The junk food you overindulge in

· The social media you obsessively scroll through

· The shows you binge-watch

· The exes you drunk dial after closing time

· The questionable people you hang around

· The limiting belief systems

· The emotional pollution you keep inhaling

Don’t become a hostage of your inability to let go of these heavy things. Carrying additional weight on your journey consumes extra energy. That energy could be used to identify opportunities or recognize threats.

Focus on flying if you want to fly.

You can’t ascend to greatness while hanging onto the same old shit. Do yourself a favor and lighten your load. You’ll rise above the dead weight in your life and evolve into your future self.

Adrian S. Potter is an author, engineer, consultant, and public speaker. He writes poetry, short fiction, and articles on a variety of subjects, including creativity and personal growth. He is the author of the poetry collection Everything Wrong Feels Right and the prose chapbook The Alter Ego Handbook. Visit him online at http://adrianspotter.com/.



Adrian S. Potter

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