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“Do what you love to do.” I’m sure you’ve read it before.
But do you really feel like it?
If not, that doesn’t mean that you are lazy or coward. It simply means you are too depleted to take on such a challenge.
All activities in life, even the stuff you love to do, require investments of your life energy.
However, if your life energy is depleted because you have too much soul-sucking activities, then you can’t even do what you love to do.
In this situation, what you need to do is to first reduce the amount of soul-sucking that takes place in your life.
Imagine that you are a cup. Right now it’s filled with muck and sludge. You want to pour in clear, beautiful water or juice of fresh-squeezed fruit, but you simply don’t have space for them. Make room for the new and better things by pouring out first.
What you are when you are depleted and scarce, is not who you are when you are filled and full of energy. There’s no need to force yourself to make more investments when you hardly have enough to get through each life.
Seek instead to reduce the bleeding first, and reduce more after that. You’ll see that your natural, energetic and motivated self will return.
Then you can move on to doing what you love.