First of all, hello everyone! Nice to meet you (: . I am new to this site.
I'm not 100% sure that I am an empath, but I am a highly sensitive person. The feelings of others greatly influence me, which is part of why I am bringing up this subject. I work all day, and there are ups and downs, but mainly ups because I am pursuing my passion and I work in a creative industry. However, sometimes when I come home to my boyfriend or he picks me up, I ask him about his day and he says "Oh not much, just sat around with the cats, played on the tablet, watched Netflix." He often gives this answer, or he tells me something he's done that I told him to do. After that, I feel drained, sort of uninspired, and I get quiet and unresponsive. I even talk more quietly as if talking any louder takes too much energy or effort (It doesn't help that my boyfriend can't hear well in one ear, but he says he needs to go get them cleaned... which he doesn't seem to make any effort to do so...). My boyfriend is 28 and still doesn't know what to do with his life. He works as a server at a restaurant, comes home, eats, plays games, and repeat. Any time I try to talk to him about career possibilities, he gets a bit emotional (as in he tries to avoid the subject or gets upset after talking about it for a while). Do any of you find yourself in similar situations where those who aren't as passionate in life tend to drain you a bit? What can I do to help this situation? I try to be loving and supportive of my boyfriend as much as I can, but it's tiring. He seems to be in a comfortable rut and doesn't take on challenges. I don't want his life to pass him by so I try to help without making him upset.
(I'm not saying my boyfriend is 100% lazy with life. He is making small improvements. He just lacks discipline with his life.)
updated by @jenna-a-matsalla: 01/17/17 01:36:09AM