end of one's rope

"end of one's rope"

Apr 26 2018

Quote

“I liked having my secret comedy life. At the time, I was going to Philadelphia a couple nights a week to do trumpet stuff, and I’d go to New York a couple nights a week to do comedy stuff. I was at the end of my rope.”

—Comedian Zac Woods, speaking about his life in entertainment (The Window)

Meaning

burnt out; out of energy or resources

Use

Imagine you are on an adventure. You need ropes to swing through the forest. Maybe, you’re hunting for treasure. Maybe, you’re looking for a lost secret. You climb down the rope and need to jump far to be safe. But it is just too far. It does not matter what you do. It is impossible to be safe. Sadly, you are at the end of your rope.

When you are at the end of your rope, you do not have energy. You don’t have resources. You’re stressed, and it is hard to manage. The comedian Zac Woods from TV shows such as The Office and Silicon Valley has felt like this before. He lived in New York, a very busy place, and played trumpet professionally in Philadelphia while doing comedy in NYC. His busy schedule put him at the end of his rope, and he had to quit one thing. Thankfully for us, he picked comedy.

When have you been at the end of your rope? Are you good at doing many things at one time?

Examples

“I’m at the end of my rope with my boyfriend, and I think we will break up.”

“Finances are tough. I need more money. I’m at the end of my rope.”

“My friends are frustrating! I’m at the end of my rope trying to deal with them.”


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