There’s a kind of exhaustion that makes you feel like everything’s done. Nothing matters, because you’ve lost the care for what you do and now you’re just dragging everything along with you. It’s a heavy weight. This was me when it came to being a student in Chinese school, or when I had to memorize facts for a history exam, or when I was dragged into buying groceries with the family.
There’s another kind of exhaustion that is equally as tiring and taxing, but instead of emotionally draining it’s rewarding. This is when I get to write everyday before work, or when we get one more new customer at the restaurant who orders via instagram pictures, or when we finish another cohort at the Habit Factory.
When we’re at peak exhaustion, it’s worthwhile to recognize which kind of exhaustion we’re dealing with.