Are you exhausting?
Some folks are absolutely exhausting. And I don’t mean in the way that the girlie is exhausting (where she’ll tire you out, but you are left feeling nothing but love). I mean put your soul through the wringer, tough to deal with, leave you wanting to sleep for six days straight, exhausting. I would say “you know who you are”, but I’m not really sure that’s the case.
I’m sure some folks know that they are super demanding and tough to deal with, but I’m also sure there are at least as many out there who have no idea. And they may be people you love, but they just leave you feeling like you have nothing left to offer yourself (let alone anyone else). So how do you know if you leave folks wanting to crawl into a hole for days on end? I’m not sure. Gads! I hope I’m not one of those people. Would you tell me if I were???
I’ll admit, I’m high maintenance when it comes to romantic relationships. I’m hard on Damon, I expect a lot from him, but I do try to make sure he knows how much I appreciate and love him. I don’t let a day go by without both saying it and showing it. So I may be high maintenance, but I don’t think I’m a soul-leech.
So. How do you know if you are a drain on others? And why am I stuck on this topic tonight? LOL Well… I’m feeling drained, and it just got me thinking about it. I normally love pretty much everything about photography, even the business end of things. But every so often you run into a client that just leaves you feeling like you are laying out in the desert, burned out to the point where even the scavengers aren’t interested in trying to chew through your weathered, leathery skin. Even one email just leaves you tired. But I certainly wouldn’t give it up.
For that ONE person, there’s got to be at least a dozen (if not two or three dozen) people who just make it all so worth while. Families so full of love that it spills out to all those around them. People with spirits so vibrant that I fear I’ll need to buy a special filter for my camera so they don’t leave it damaged. Couples so delightful that they’d brighten even the cloudiest days, by simply chasing the drizzles away with their radiant smiles.
So yeah… I’m worn out tonight, beat, tired. Or, well… I was. But then I remembered all the incredible folks who make it SOOO very worth it. And now? I’m sitting here grinning like an idiot. An idiot who is completely content and happy with her lot in life.
Posted on March 2, 2011, in Joy Journey, Just a Note, People and tagged business of photography, draining, exhausting, families, family, high mantenance, photography business, postaday2011, working with people. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.