Dear 100 Hour Board,
I've been compared to Leslie Knope in terms of my ability and drive to get a lot of things done. Except, due to life circumstances, I can't do nearly as much anymore, and it's making me kind of feel bad. What am I supposed to do when what was a major part of who I am is no longer a part of me?
-Knope, can't do that
It's rough when we feel like we can't be true to who we are. I've felt the same way—there are times I can't do the things I expect myself to do. In times like that, I have to remind myself that there are other parts of me that are also beautiful and amazing. While a large part of me is a workaholic and strives to never fail, I also have a side that loves playing on playgrounds and singing at the top of my lungs. During different phases in our lives, we may need to focus on other parts of us. It can be hard, but I've found that it's helped me understand myself better and love every side of me.
In the immortal words of Tom Haverford, "I've outlined seven different types of successful people. You can be an Andy. An April. A Ben. A Leslie. A Ron. A Donna. Or my personal favorite: a Tom." If you can't be a Leslie, find your Andy side and work on that. Or be a Donna for a time. Maybe you'll find something beautiful about your Ron side that you want to incorporate into your life all the time, regardless which part of you you're working on.
Perhaps you'll be able to tune back into your Leslie side in the future, and you'll be able to bring different qualities to it from this time you've spent learning about yourself more. Just remember that each side is successful, and none is more valuable than another.
Just don't be a Jerry.
-guppy of doom
I've experienced this before in a couple of circumstances. Guppy's advice to find other parts of you to focus on is good, but I just want to hit on the underlying pain that comes with feeling like you're losing that part of yourself.
What God asks of you is that you apply the Atonement and do all that you can. It's okay if "all that you can" right now isn't the same as "all that you can" at other times. He loves you. He knows you're going through trials - after all, that was a big part of His plan for all of us. He understands that one of the effects of our trials is often a temporary or permanent change in how much effort we can give and the things we can accomplish.