Day after day, each and every one of us has to deal with pressure.

Right? I mean–unless you’re held up in a mansion on a tropical island with money shooting out of your ass, chances are you feel pressure. It’s a part of life as common and necessary as every gulp of water and every breath in your lungs. It pushes us forward and keeps us going. Without it, who knows if we’d ever reach our full potential?


You may feel pressure over little things, like getting to work on time, asking out that cute girl, or picking a place to eat before you and your girlfriend start to argue and you get stuck eating inside fucking McDonald’s. Or you may feel the pressure of more pressing matters–like that work presentation, a bank robbery, or when a publishing house requests you submit a piece of your writing to them because they enjoyed your blog.

But, like everything else in this world, the way pressure effects us depends on how we look at it. Ultimately, it can either make us, or it can break us. So, basically, what I’m saying is, “You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

Should we choose to do nothing under pressure, we will surely only grow weaker and more tired as time goes on. The pressure, however, will remain constant. On the other hand, should we embrace and accept the pressure, we can use it to grow. We can use it to expand and better ourselves. Think of pressure as your sports coach shouting at you, or those weights in the gym, demanding you lift and not drop them onto your face.

Think of it like this: you can harness the pressure, use it to your advantage, and learn to prepare a home-cooked meal in the future so you don’t get stuck eating disgusting “food” inside fucking MCDONALD’S.

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
-Peter Marshall
Yesterday morning I received an email from a publishing house requesting I submit to them. Today, I came up with several short story ideas and began writing one. Considering being a published author is a huge dream of mine, you can bet I’m feeling the pressure. Suffocating pressure. But it’s exciting. Exhilarating, really. Never been so determined to write. Let’s do this.
Dreams…Here I come.

Tips to cope:

  • Understand what’s causing the stress
  • Makes lists and prioritize
  • Be realistic and have limitations
  • Plan and organize
  • Be optimistic
  • Breathe and stay calm
  • Feel free to say no to certain things
  • Ask for help


Hi, everyone! Thanks for reading and I hope you liked today’s post. And congratulations, by the way–you’ve made it to the weekend 🙂

I’ll be writing a few short stories and if you’d like to give them a read and help me out with some feedback, give me your email and I’ll happily send them to you once complete. I’d really appreciate it!

Best wishes,

Jordan Antonacci
Twitter: @misterhushhush


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