Holding Up The Sky With A Teaspoon

Cee Arr
2 min readMar 25, 2021

Much as we want to, we can’t fix everything. We can’t save everyone. We can’t do it all.

This is far more negative a statement than I usually go with. You know me, my nerdlets, I’m usually all about the hope and the can-do attitude! ;)

Artsy punk chick looking over her shoulder moodily
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But sometimes it’s more affective to try to do less.

(Cue gasps from the stalls!)

Because holding up the sky with a teaspoon is a) hard work, b) tiring, and c) going to end in disaster.

You can’t save the world all by yourself.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do things to make the world a better place — F**K NO! We all need to work on this trash-fire world of ours.

But you gotta take care of yourself first. That’s not selfish, it’s just sensible.

That means not worrying when you fail, when you make mistakes, when you need a break — YOU are not the only one responsible for saving the world.

There’s no ‘chosen one’ trope at play here. There are other people in this world who can help pick up the slack, as long as you help pick their slack up too.

This goes for your personal problems too — NEVER be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling.

There’s agencies, charities, and social services, to help you with whatever it is you need help with. If you’re lucky, there’s also family and friends. Don’t be afraid to lean on people if you have to.

This post is, in part at least, a reminder to myself.

I constantly try to do everything — because somehow I think it’s my responsibility to solve everyone’s problems. I don’t do well in situations that I can’t fix.

I also feel bad when I can’t put as much time and effort into blogging etc. as I want to, because of all the other cr*p I’m doing.

And THEN I feel bad when I AM putting the effort into blogging and all that jazz, because I need to get work done, and deal with family stuff…

Ha, there’s a lot of unnecessary guilt spinning around in my head most of the time. 😅

But I need to accept that what I can do — whatever it is that I can do — is good enough.

You hear that?


Go out and change the world my nerdlets, but take care of yourselves first.

Originally published at https://www.dorareads.co.uk.

Cee Arr

Writer, reader, poet, (book) blogger @ dorareads.co.uk , Queer, weird, bookish rebel. Welsh as a tractor on the M4. She/Her. Buy me a coffee @ ko-fi.com/ceearr