You Are Like An Iron Ship That Somehow Never Sinks

Darrin Atkins
2 min readSep 26

I don’t know how you do it, but there you are, rather unsinkable and just fine

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It seems impossible.

How does somebody I know seem so strong when personal tragedy has touched them?

How do they continue to function when life just served them a recent disappointment?

How do they continue to have a friendly disposition and emotional connection after all of this?

“How are you doing?" I asked recently, to somebody important to me, whom I have known my whole life.

“It’s cool," he answered. “You gotta keep on truckin’, right?"


And yes, I admit, that’s what you really have to do. Keeping busy would be another suggestion, I think.

The thing I like about him the most is the fact that he is like an iron ship that floats. How does it happen? It seems crazy for a heavy object to float in water and you think that it can’t happen at all. Yet the laws of physics allow it to be, if it traps enough air and is lighter than the water it displaces.

Be Lighter Than The Rest Of Life

That’s my recommendation to myself in this crazy world. If you want to make it emotionally and socially, you are going to need to be lighter than the tragedies that happen to you and around you.

Find ways to float. Do what you can to keep yourself above the turbulence that comes in waves. Don’t let the weight off the world fill you up on the inside that leads you to sink into the cold dark ocean.

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You Can Keep Floating

These days, it doesn’t take much to knock people out. But it doesn’t have to happen.

Find ways to keep yourself floating without sinking.

  • Reach out to others
  • Find things that motivate yourself
  • Write about your experiences
  • Build new relationships
  • Strengthen your resiliency
  • Maintain your hope for the future

We can all be like ships of iron that never help. Find people that sustain you, that strengthen you, and that support you no matter what happens in life. Keep floating, and watch the rest of the world marvel at how it seems impossible.

Darrin Atkins

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