There are times when being emotionally exhausted is a good feeling. Is there a good kind of exhausted, you ask? A good kind of drained? I experienced one today.
Here are three examples of when being emotionally exhausted is a good feeling.
A family is a pain and a pleasure. They are exhausting and invigorating.
You spend the whole day with family that you haven’t seen for a long time and you’re exhausted when you come home. But, you smile thinking about what you did today and it’s all worth it.
I include pets as part of the family because they are in my book.
After playing with my younger dog, I usually have arms close to being pulled out of their sockets and slight frustration because we always play one-sided tag. Her favorite game is when you try to catch her as she sprints around the yard and she’s not only fast but super intelligent.
But I don’t just feel happy because I caught her and it was a hard-won victory, I feel a good kind of ache in my bones because I know how much she enjoys the game.
Exercise is one of the obvious examples of this.
There’s something magical about completing a strenuous workout and feeling on top of the world afterward. *Cue Jack’s iconic line from Titanic*
3. Completing a Project You’re Inspired by/something You’re Passionate about
Completing certain tasks provides no satisfaction. Like homework or washing dishes. Though I know some people find those things exciting, I have not met someone who does.
However, completing a novel or painting or even just reading a book can feel amazing even though you’re drained from it.
With books, I’m always tired afterward because I feel a little empty when it’s over. But I am usually enthused by the outcome/cliffhanger.