For as long as I can remember, I have held a lot of my stress and tension between my shoulder blades. It's been particularly bad the past couple of months.
If I think of it metaphorically, the shoulders, the mid-back, would be sore from holding the weight of the world. Which I do. I worry about the world and think that there are very easy answers for fixing what I think is wrong. If only everyone would do things the way I do (or at least the way I think they should - not necessarily the way I actually do them - because I'm not perfect), we'd be okay.
But here's the thing. I'm not "important" (on a global scale, I certainly am not - I know I'm important to a lot of people, but that's on a small scale - and I'm okay with that) - I do not have enough influence or power to change how people do things. So to carry that weight on my shoulders is pointless. I cannot change the world. I can only change myself..
So that's the answer to a lot of what I worry about - change what I do. Do the best that I can. And try to ignore the things I see going on around me that seem so unfair or ridiculous.
If I can live that way, can I get the pain in my back to get better? I hope so.