Do you ever wake up feeling like you’re living someone else’s life? Like you’re just going through the motions day by day and you’re not really connecting with everything going on around you? That’s definitely me some mornings — the ones where I wake up a little unsure of what the point of the day will be. Or the times where I wonder how I wound up with things in my schedule that I don’t really feel like doing.
We’re quick to label it depression or to tell people that they should suck it up and that “it’s just how life is” — but something doesn’t ring true there. While it’s true that we’ve become adept at making mountainous problems out of molehills, it doesn’t automatically discount our feelings of unease toward our lives. Taking examples from my life, when people meet me for the first time and discover that I’m a public servant, they’re floored. The idea of a creative, energetic youth and working in an environment that’s not typically seen to be so usually never matches up in their minds.
Though I tend to laugh it off and simply go with the flow, maybe there’re elements of truth there. Perhaps there’s something to be said about our performance, thinking and behaviour when we’re not in situations that complement who we are. It’s not only limited to our work lives — it can be applied to just about any part of your life!