Exhaustion can come in many forms and for many reasons. It can come at the end of a particularly hard work week. It can come after running a marathon. It can be a symptom of depression. It can be from lack of sleep.
But mostly, when we’re exhausted from something, then we are tired of something happening.
It doesn’t really matter what you’re exhausted by. It is only important that you remember to refill your cup.
So take a bath. Sleep. Go for a walk. Enjoy the weekend. Do something that makes you happy.
Just remember to do something for yourself and break the cycle.
Don’t worry. Take all the time you need. I’ll still be here.
To use an overused metaphor, life is like a marathon.
It’s long, it’s grueling, and you’re surrounded by strangers.
But don’t worry, it’s not all bad – you’re also running.
But what you definitely shouldn’t do in life and in running a marathon is compare yourself to others.
You’re you. And there’s no one quite like you. So instead of falling down a hole of why is she running faster than me? why is he skinnier than me? am I falling behind? Trust that you are going on the journey that fits you. Trust that you are where you’re supposed to be. And trust, that everyone around you, for some reason or another, is cheering you on.
So, keep going. Don’t look back. And don’t compare yourself to others. Oh, and don’t trip.
So, what are you? A sprinter or a marathon runner? Do you like to do dashes and race yourself against your own personal best? Or do you like to take long strides and conserve your energy?
Science will tell you that this is because you have certain types of twitch fibers, slow and fast, that make you either a sprinter or a long distance runner, not respectively. But to avoid everyone falling asleep during this blog post and giving everyone nervous flashbacks to high school gym class, let’s skip that part.
My question is whether you’re a sprinter or a marathon runner, are you always giving 100 percent?
I mean, think about it. When you’re running in short bursts, you may give the majority of your energy over to the task, but there’s still gonna be some left over, when you’re done and you slow to a walk. Same thing with a marathon. You’re going to stretch it out as long as possible, but it’s still likely that you can only give so much before you have to stop and keep some energy for yourself, just in case.
As you probably guessed, this is a metaphor for life (which should probably be the title of this entire blog). You can do it fast or slow, but are you really giving it your all? Are you really letting passion take over you completely to see that you reach your long term goal? Are you afraid to burn out completely, or are you scared to keep going and find that there’s no finish line?
It’s kind of like that weird adage where people tell you not to lay yourself down in your coffin all nice and neat, but encourage you to come in swinging and whooping and saying what a wild ride life turned out to be. Because it’s true. You shouldn’t rush and you shouldn’t conserve. You should sprint the marathon, and let the overpowering positive energy of each day move you forward and into the long haul.