Morris loves playing basketball. One day, he was in a rough match, broke his leg and wore a cast for a few weeks. Morris was anxious to return to basketball.
When the cast came off, Morris eagerly played again, not considering the changes with his leg. Morris was frustrated that his skills changed, scared he wasn’t his best and wouldn’t be again.
His father asked him what was wrong and, after listening to Morris, said, “Burnout is not about giving too much of yourself, it’s about trying to give what you don’t possess. Recovery requires time to heal. You’re frustrated because you’re trying to work with something that’s not there yet. Keep trying to return to where you can be and stay aware that it’s different for now.”