Have you ever experienced post-performance let-down? If so, how does it affect you?
Performing, whether singing, dancing, speaking, acting, or even playing sports, requires a high degree of energy and focus. Afterwards, it is common to experience an adrenaline low, resulting in feelings similar to depression.
I would say the same experience happens to executives and senior managers in business. They have a speech in front of hundreds of people, get interviewed on TV, make a major presentation in front of the CEO or board, etc.
These all potentially advance or damage a career. It is extremely draining mentally, similar to the physical drain of a dancer or athlete.
When I wore a younger mans clothes, I experienced this often and after a while was unhappy without more adrenaline. Nowadays they call these people "adrenaline junkies" and it is very similar to addiction to chemicals. The highest highs come in competition that also includes life endangering acts. Mine was downhill ski racing and the like. That was seasonal so I had to find replacements in the off season. This lead to dangerous and risky behavior.
After children I did it with a suit on. Taking way too many risks and putting my neck way too far out there. It was not until my forties that I really got over it.
The down time is very much like depression. Except that during the down time there is the effort that goes into doing it again.
In fact adrenaline is a drug. Just one supplied by the body. When it wears off there is a huge let down.
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