# burnout is not reserved for the rich or the famous or the profoundly successful > “Part of the crazy of it is that we don’t allow people to fall apart unless they’re massively successful. You can’t be just a normal lady with a normal job and burn yourself out—that’s only for bigshot people. And so the normal, exhausted, soul-starved people keep going, because we’re not special enough to burn out. Burnout is not reserved for the rich or the famous or the profoundly successful. It’s happening to so many of us, people across all kinds of careers and lifestyles.” [[Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist#^8db9d2]] - When we feel exhausted and burned out we feel that we do not have the right to be. - We compare ourselves to those around us. - To those that carry more than we do, that do more than we do. And we feel shame for how we feel. - But if the life we have created for ourselves is too heavy, it’s too heavy. - No matter what.