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    Default "Have the weight of the world on your shoulders"



    "Your brother shouldn’t be allowed to bully you in any way and at 12 you shouldn’t be feeling like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders."

    have the weight of the world on shoulders - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.


    I have checked the Free Dictionary looking for the definition/meaning of the aforementioned idiom and I have found it. However, it is beyond my capacity to memorize its definition from the dictionary thanks to poor concentration. Can I use James' words as an equivalent to that idiom.


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    Please do not feel that way.

    James
    Thank you,

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    Default Re: "Have the weight of the world on your shoulders"

    You shouldn't be feeling like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.

    Depending on the circumstances it means: You shouldn't be feeling so worried/stressed/sad/anxious, or more idiomatically, down in the dumps, that life's got you down.

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    Default Re: "Have the weight of the world on your shoulders"

    You shouldn't feel like you are responsible for everything.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "Have the weight of the world on your shoulders"

    It's a reference to the Greek myth of Atlas, who was punished for something by having to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders.



    It's also referenced in the Beatles song "Hey Jude"
    And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrainDon't carry the world upon your shoulders



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