Earlier this month at one of my favorite coffeeshops I overheard a greeting between old friends, one a business owner and the other a school principal.
The principal asked warmly, “How are you?” The business owner answered with exasperation and a large to-go coffee in tow, “You know, I’m tired of being a business owner. I’m exhausted. I’m grateful my business is booming, but I’m so tired all the time.” The principal nodded in agreement, empathizing, “Mmm, yes. It’s a tough time to be a leader in the workforce. I feel so tired too.”
The principal continued, “How about your kids? How are they doing?” The business owner responded honestly, “You know, they’re all a varying level of okay right now. My three kids are 17, 15 and 7 and they are each in their own phase of growing up trying to make sense of their worlds. They’re trying to navigate this uncharted, kind-of post-pandemic world.”
The principal responded, “They aren’t alone. I just talked to my daughter who finished up her junior year in college, you know what she told me was her one and only goal for next year? To make one friend. She just wants to make one friend.”
Overhearing this conversation, I felt a sharp pang of sadness alongside a deep sense of validation and hope. It reminded me that I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. People much older, wiser and more experienced than me are feeling the weight of the world. I don’t have to hide this feeling of exhaustion in fear of being perceived as weak, lazy or ungrateful. I can (and should) continue to rest, recharge and refuel in ways that make sense for me. Doing so helps me to show up for myself and others in a way that I’m proud of: patient, understanding, decisive and kind.
If you’ve been feeling something similar, I invite you to take a couple minutes to recalibrate with the burnout tools and resources in this newsletter.
With deep care,
Katie from Worldmaker Team
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