Our lives are not easy.



Even though we are healthy and enjoying the time of our lives, there might come a time when we feel mentally burned out. This is because we might have been working too hard, pushing ourselves to the limits or forcing ourselves to do something.



Of course, I know that there are things which push us to work beyond our limits.



There are three situations when we do something.



First, in order to achieve our goals, there are things we must do.



Second, it’s better to work too hard, but we have to see what we have to do and what we shouldn’t do.



The last one is, we need not force ourselves because it isn’t worthwhile, or because it isn’t the right thing to do.



Here, what I want to stress is that we have to make the right decision whether to work too hard or avoid it completely. 



This is how very mature people handle such situations.



Meaning, it is not always beneficial to force ourselves to work too hard every time because there are some things that are merely a nuisance.



For example, sacrificing yourself in loving service to your boyfriend you do, but is he really worth it? Isn’t he just a hopeless bad guy?



For example, working through the nights you have been, but is this really what you have to do by yourself?



People often say that we should “face ourselves”, and I’ve always wondered, what does it even mean? It’s physically impossible so this must be a metaphor.  Although to tell the truth, I can’t perfectly understand what it’s for and when it can be applied. I think this is similar to the figurative meaning of looking at yourself in a mirror.




Upon contemplating on this proverb, it occurred to me that it might mean to reconsider our way of living and lifestyle choices. This can be translated into, “Be honest with yourself / get to know the real me or lay your cards on the table.” But being honest doesn’t always solve all problems.



If you are not living a proper lifestyle or is constantly bothered by something, this may lead to a mental problem, resulting to your inability to make the right decisions. If a bad lifestyle recurs, it also causes a lingering feeling of demotivation. This will eventually have a negative impact on your life.



Sleeping, eating and working well are all very basic. But when you go to bed and get up, what you eat, how you work and enjoy your time are ultimately the most important factors.



 If you’re thinking, “My life isn’t going smoothly” or “I feel mentally burned out”, then take a step back, evaluate and assess your lifestyle.



You might find the answer you’re looking for.



・there comes a time when…: ・・・する時が来る

・burn out: 疲れ果てる、燃え尽きる


よく習うのが「I’m tired」で、形としては「tire」(疲れさせる)の過去分詞「tired」が、そのまま形容詞として使われていますね。





まずは“burned out”の類語から、ご紹介します。



・I’m worn out. ※身も心も擦り切れた、という感じです。

・I’m burned out. ※身も心も燃え尽きた、という感じです。



・I’m very tired.

・I’m exhausted.

・I’m weary.

・ I’m fatigued. 


・I’m beat. ※「めちゃくちゃ疲れた~」とか「もうヘトヘトだよ~」のような感じです。

・I’m bushed.  ※同上で、よく使われるスラングのようです。



・I’m wiped out.

・I’m drained.

・I’m run down.

・I’m on my last leg. 

・push~to the limit: 限界に達する

・beyond our limits / beyond the limit: 限界を超えて

・worthwhile 【wə́ːrðhwáil】形容詞:(時間と労力をかけるだけの)価値がある 

— worthwhile? worth? —


◆Worth【wə́ːrθ 】形容詞:~の値打ちがある、(金銭的な)価値がある

例文:This book is worth 50 USD.(この本は、50ドルの価値がある)※金銭的な価値


◆Worthwhile【 wə́ːrðhwáil】形容詞:(時間と労力をかけるだけの)価値がある

例文:This book is worthwhile. (この本は、時間を費やして読むだけの価値がある)

・beneficial【bènəfíʃəl】形容詞 :~のためになって、有益である


・nuisance 【n(j)úːsns】可算名詞:やっかいなもの、不快なもの、妨害など



・the real me:本当の私


◆今の私   : ”the current me”, “the present me”, ”the now me”
◆過去の私  : ”the past me”
◆その時の私 : “the then me”

※形はthe + real, current, pastなどの形容詞+代名詞の目的格(me, her, himなど)



サイト:🌸「今の私」「その時の私」「未来の私」ってなんて言う? | English & Chinese Lab (english-chinese-lab.com)



意味は、「last for a long time」と同じニュアンスです。

・I’m really fed up with this long lasting heart break depression.
=I’m really fed up with this lingering heart break depression.



・A lingering migraine has been distressing me.


・take a step back:一歩退く、一歩離れる、一歩譲るなど