In my lifetime, I’ve managed to amass an absurd amount of girlfriends who are not only beautiful inside and out, but they tend to be ridiculously successful professionally and highly accomplished and world traveled. If not for the tremendous amount of love and respect I have for them, I would systematically pick them off with an assault rifle.
Like most women, every now and then my insecurity gets the better of me, and I find myself envying my friends and their lives. I’ve even been overcome with feelings of inadequacy when I would hear their latest news and see pictures of their latest adventures… thinking that my own life wasn’t nearly as exciting, and longing for the days when I could relate to their experiences.
Naturally, this is silly and unproductive thinking, but if none of us succumbed to the occasional complex, we wouldn’t have consumption, commerce, or politics. When you think of it, the cosmetics, fashion, and even the automotive industry are amongst the many that thrive on our inner fears and desires to “keep up with the Jones'”, which has sadly now been amended to pop culture’s newest standard, the Kardashians.
…But I digress.
The point is, sometimes I get so caught up in other people’s lives that I forget how great my own has been, and neglect to see the potential it has to be even greater. The best part is, it’s still going, so that leaves for plenty of opportunities to see and do more with each passing day.
Comparing oneself to others is a colossal waste of time for no other reason than the realization that you’re cheating yourself out of the joy you get in celebrating the differences that make you and the people around you so special. And yet, somehow, you found a common ground. You found enjoyment and comradery. You found a support system. You found each other.
Nothing can compare to that.