In the song, Surface Pressure, from Encanto, we find Luisa singing the following lyrics.
I take what I’m handed, I break what’s demanding But
Under the surface
I feel berserk as a tightrope walker in a three-ring circus
Under the surface…
I’m pretty sure I’m worthless if I can’t be of service…
Pressure like a drip, drip, drip that’ll never stop, whoa
Pressure that’ll tip, tip, tip ’til you just go pop, whoa-oh-oh
Give it to your sister, it doesn’t hurt
And see if she can handle every family burden
Watch as she buckles and bends but never breaks
Luisa is singing about how she feels so much pressure and is wondering if she can handle it.
She’s always been expected to be the strong one in the family. And the family and town keep throwing tasks at her and expecting her to take more and more on.
She feels herself crumbling under the pressure. She also starts to realize that she doesn’t always have to be the strong one. That she doesn’t always have to take everything on. That she’s more than the strong one. And she really needs a break.
Do these words resonate with you? Do you feel the pressure of taking everything on yourself?
You take everything that’s thrown at you. You bend but never break.
But underneath everything, you feel a bit berserk? Trying not to crumble under the pressure? Feeling like your worth is wrapped up in service to your family?
Maybe you too are developing a twitch in your eye from the pressure.
Know that you don’t need to carry the weight of the world by yourself. That you and your family are a team. You work together.
Know that you don’t have to do every task on your to-do list today.
One of the things I work on with my clients is making sure that what’s on your list belongs there. Today and long-term. You don’t have to say yes to everything.
The world will continue to tell you that your worth is wrapped up in your task list and how you serve your family.
I will continue to tell you that this isn’t true.
If you are curious about what it would be like to work with me, schedule a Get On Track session!