From February’s Writing Prompts, February 26, 2016
The bones are crunching, straining at the weight. The weight of all that is placed on one’s shoulders. It can be quite the burden and very hard to bear.
For some, the world is a bit much to handle. One goes without living life while living everyone else’s, and they don’t even realize it until those bones start to crunch. Those people are the caretakers. They come in so many forms, and do it for so many different reasons, but they all experience the same thing. They go without living, while their bodies and minds deteriorate.
Then the realization kicks in. Instead of feeling like a bag of broken bones, they start living. One day at a time. Then they become strong as those bones start to rebuild.
“I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.” ~Unknown
“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” ~Jonathan Safran Fore
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” ~Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms