Many of us are people pleasers. Some of us neglect our own well being for the sake of making life easier for another.
To keep my mind occupied, I kept myself busy….way too busy.
I volunteered for everything. I had an entire elementary full teachers who loved when one of our children were in their classes. However, I did more than help my children’s teachers, I helped any teacher who needed help. I performed reading tests, I helped with the struggling readers. I helped in the office, the library, the playground…..Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, fundraisers for whatever and wherever help was needed to raise money.
I burned out.
I was empty inside because I neglected myself.
It’s okay to say no. We have to say no sometimes. Once a person reaches the burnout phase, it takes a long time to want to volunteer again. For me, I avoided the topic of volunteerism, and ran the other way when I knew someone would need help.
After about nine years of recovery, I am finally getting back to feeling like I have something to give to others. I have also learned when to say no.
Even Grannie Superpanties can’t do everything.