Read This When You’re Tired of Everything

I have one very special article bookmarked which I take out to read every other month or so. I find its message so strong and reassuring and encouraging, and it gets to me every single time. So I thought I’d share it here. Enjoy ūüôā

Read This When You’re Tired of Everything

“I know what it‚Äôs like to¬†feel tired¬†‚ÄĒ and not just in¬†the physical sense.

The world that we live in is an exhausting place to be. It is wearing. It is thankless. It is endlessly trying and scarcely rewarding. You’re tired simply because you live in it. You’re tired of loving too much, caring too much, giving too much to a world that never gives anything back. You are tired of investing in indefinite outcomes. You’re tired of uncertainties. Tired of grey.

I¬†know you haven‚Äôt always been this worn out¬†‚ÄĒ that there was a¬†time when you were hopeful and pure. When your optimism outweighed your cynicism and you had an¬†infinite amount in¬†you to¬†give. I¬†know you have been chipped away and worn down piece by¬†piece¬†‚ÄĒ a¬†broken heart here and an¬†un-kept promise there. I¬†know the world hasn‚Äôt always been kind throughout the games you‚Äôve played and that you‚Äôve lost more times than you have ever won. I¬†know you‚Äôre feeling uninspired to¬†try again. I¬†know.

Because the truth is, we’re all tired. Every single one of us. By a certain age, we are all nothing more than an army of broken hearts and aching souls, desperately searching for fulfillment. We want more but we’re too tired to ask for it. We’re sick of where we are but we are too scared to begin again. We need to take risks but we’re afraid to watch it all come crashing down around us. After all, we’re not sure how many times we will be able to start over.

We¬†all think we‚Äôre alone in¬†our exhaustion. But the truth is¬†we‚Äôre tired of¬†each other¬†‚ÄĒ tired of¬†the games we¬†play and the lies we¬†tell and the uncertainties we¬†present to¬†each other. We¬†don‚Äôt want to¬†play the villain but we¬†don‚Äôt want to¬†play the fool either. So¬†our guards go¬†up. Our defences rile. And we¬†take on¬†the role that we¬†loathe to¬†see played because we‚Äôre not sure what choice we¬†have left.

I know how impossible it can feel to go on trying and giving and becoming when you are exhausted straight through to the soul. I know that the cheerful ideals you were once promised now seem tired and hopeless. But here’s what I beg if you’re this close to giving up: give it one more try, with feeling. I know you’re tired of your attempts. I know that you’re at your wit’s end. But the truth about that second wind of passion is that you’re never going to realize you have it if you do not keep on running past your first.

We’re all more resilient than we think, and that’s an indisputable truth. There is always more love that we are capable of giving, more hope that we are capable of having, more passion that we’re capable of unleashing and flooding out into the world. We just don’t walk far enough down our own roads to reach the point where we’re seeing those actions pay off. We want immediate results and when we see none, we give up. We let the exhaustion stop us. We grow frustrated with the lack of feedback and we assume that means we have to throw the entire attempt right out the window.

Because here‚Äôs something we¬†all loathe to¬†admit¬†‚ÄĒ none of¬†us are inspired every day. We¬†all get exhausted. We¬†all get discouraged. And we‚Äôre allowed to¬†work on¬†through those feelings. Just because you‚Äôre beaten down and worn out and sick of¬†the life that you‚Äôre living doesn‚Äôt mean you‚Äôre not making a¬†change. Every person you have ever admired has had times where they felt utterly defeated in¬†the pursuit of¬†their dreams. But that didn‚Äôt prevent them from reaching them. You‚Äôre allowed to¬†stumble slowly towards your biggest transformations. It¬†doesn‚Äôt always have to¬†be¬†a¬†blazing, flagrant affair.

Some parts of life happen quietly. They happen slowly. They happen because of the small, careful choices that we make everyday, that turn us into better versions of ourselves. We have to allow ourselves the time to let those alterations happen. To watch them evolve. To not grow hopelessly frustrated in the in-between.

When you‚Äôre tired, go¬†slowly. Go¬†quietly. Go¬†timidly. But do¬†not stop. You are tired for all the right reasons. You are tired because you‚Äôre supposed to¬†be. You‚Äôre tired because you‚Äôre making a¬†change. You are exhausted for all the right reasons and it‚Äôs only an¬†indication to¬†go¬†on. You are tired because you‚Äôre growing. And someday that growth will give way to¬†the exact rejuvenation that you need.”

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