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When's the last time you felt like a huge weight was lifted from your shoulders?

Asked by Mariah (24638points) July 29th, 2011

What were the circumstances?

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abysmalbeauty's avatar

When I came back to work from vacation to find out that my boss would be on vacation for 2 weeks (roughly 2 weeks ago)

But since hell be back on Monday the weight is getting heavy again.

gailcalled's avatar

Last week at my annual trip to the oncologist and then on Wednesday at my Internist’s.

I was declared in robust health by both doctors with perfect blood work and cholesterol. The routine exercise and the vegetarian eating is paying off.

boxer3's avatar

when I passed a chemistry course I was taking this summer.

poisonedantidote's avatar

A few weeks past as I waited all filled with stress, eventually, I came to realize my junk is not going to fall off, and I breathe a sigh of relief.

Mariah's avatar

Congrats all around, guys!

I’ve recently decided to stop expecting extraordinary things from myself. I know that sounds negative, but as a lifelong overachiever, the decision was actually hugely positive for me and I’m starting to feel the relief from it. Old habits die hard though, and I caught myself falling back into old thought processes the other day. I stepped back, reminded myself that all the perceived pressure was actually coming from within, and I decided to turn down the pressure. What a sense of relief that brought.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Last Wednesday when I finished my American Government class. I have have two more classes, but that one was just fucking brutal for me.

john65pennington's avatar

December 31, 2008, 12 midnight. At one minute past midnight, my retirement began as I ended my 44 year career as a police officer. Wearing a police uniform carries a lot of responsibility for the care and protection of the public. This responsibility also carries a heavy phsycological burden, that some officers can just not tolerate. I think it’s a matter of self-control in dealing with various situations.

Even while I was still an active officer and on vacation, the long-arm of the law just never seemed to go away. I would receive phone calls about various cases, even in Aruba. I just never seemed to have a day to myself.

The day I pulled the pin on my badge was the day the weight actually was lifted off my shoulders. I retired my uniforms to the closet for evermore.

Vincent_Lloyd's avatar

When school ended…No questions asked…but sadly the wight is gonna come back soon… :(

JLeslie's avatar

It was a few years ago when I finally decided I didn’t give a shit anymore if my SIL was giving me the silent treatment.

Coloma's avatar

About 4.5 months ago when I let go of a toxic friend I had known for 7 years.
The passive aggressive, sneaky, manipulative type. Her little games could no longer be ignored, the jig was up. haha
I think she couldn’t really believe I was actually dumping her for good. Believe it! lol

Coloma's avatar


Haha…nice little Freudian slip there ” since HELL be back”.....hahaha, perfect, your subconscious nailed your feelings smack on target. My boss can be hell too, grouchy old man syndrome a lot of the time. lol

MacBatman31's avatar

I was about 7 months ago when I looked myself in the mirror and realized that the life I was leading wasn’t the one I needed to be living. I was spending every night partying, and getting COMPLETELY twisted. Pain killers, alcohol, weed, the list goes on, and I was not the man I wanted to be. My sister, who is my world, saw me one night and I realized the next morning when I looked in the mirror, I needed to change. I did, and that was the biggest weight lifted off my chest in a long time.

Coloma's avatar


Yay! Good insight, and congratulations for kicking multiple bad habits all at once. That takes some big balls and an even bigger brain! ;-)

Cruiser's avatar

8 months ago when I finally realized there is a God who pushes you to do more than you ever knew was possible…I cried!

linguaphile's avatar

I got an email that let me know I wasn’t as batshitcrazy as I thought I was. wheeew.

A great weigh was lifted when I realized I will indeed be finished with a series of pathetic hoops I have to jump for my job in March 2012, not December 2012. Ask me again in March!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Can’t remember, to be perfectly honest.
I’m hoping this upcoming Thursday will be the day.

Pandora's avatar

Today when I told my daugther what I thought of her relationship. It wasn’t pretty but having to lie by omission or acting like I thought it was great, was killing me. I don’t like to lie. I was surpised what a great relief it was to finally tell the truth, even if she did get pissed at me.

MacBatman31's avatar

@Coloma Thanks a ton :) it took some work, but I did it!

martianspringtime's avatar

When my schedule for Fall semester finally went through, and I was able to get into the ‘literature of science fiction’ class I’ve been really wanting to take.

My school has been such a pain – I hate having to use computer to set everything up. First, my financial aid wouldn’t go through because it said I hadn’t taken a test (the wonderful FCAT, of course!) that I took three years ago and passed. I went to the school to talk to someone, and it turned out to be a glitch in the system and was eventually fixed. Then my financial aid still wasn’t going through, and I went back to the school twice and it finally came up (though it certainly waited until I was in a right panic).
Then (and this is after I already signed up for classes) it said that I hadn’t proved my Florida residency and wouldn’t be able to complete registration until I did so. I ‘proved my residency’ over a year ago…I went to the school and waited 45 minutes in the hopes of figuring it out, gave up and went back home to call a rather unenthusiastic and unhelpful advisor, then emailed back and forth for a few days with a very nice advisor, only to find out that it was yet another lovely glitch which evidently fixed itself and ended up making me feel like a jerk wasting the nice advisor’s time.
Now I’ve resolved to just not sign in anymore so if there are any more false alarms, I simply won’t know about them until they’ve fixed themselves.

ucme's avatar

When I gave my friend “Tubby Timmy” a piggy back, now that was an error of judgement.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

When my partner decided to stop talking about it and actually take action to improve his health which was a huge issue in our relationship being able to go any further.

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