Everyone wants to be liked. There is nothing unique about that, or really wrong with it, either. But I’m beginning to realize that when I come home from a short party more exhausted than I feel after a long run, it’s because I am spending a lot of my energy performing.
Some thoughts on what to do with that feeling that you need something more, something else; that something is going to satisfy an itch or a need or a hunger; but nothing ever does. It’s the thinking associated with, “I can’t stop doing this”; or, “Just one more, I swear.”
The trick actually has little to do with how you distribute your energy, and everything to do with how easily you can accept that you cannot do everything; and with how readily you can be gentle with yourself when it seems everyone else can. I