In the past, I often dreamed of how cool it would be to take a sabbatical, but never got serious about actually taking one. There always seemed to be a fire I had to put out. Or there was something else to worry about — some other excuse that pushed away taking time off as a distant dream.
Plus I always loved and found my identity and purpose in my work, especially as an entrepreneur.
Then in December 2021, that sense of identity and purpose was taken away from me. And a number of events — both physical and emotional — conspired in me and my life to not be able to return to work for the first time in my career.
I couldn’t go near a keyboard without getting frozen in gut-wrenching feelings.
This is my story as I know it so far.
Cory has more on his blog about his Burnout and Recovery Journey, sharing the framework for understanding and working through it: to know you’re not alone, to help others think about their own journey, and “most importantly, to not go it alone.”