I Am Proud of My Accomplishments And You Should Be Too

I Am Proud of My Accomplishments And You Should Be Too

Never ever compare your life to others.
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It is hard to genuinely feel proud of ourselves these days.

I say this for many reasons, the main one being social media. I have spent more time than I care to admit feeling irrelevant because of what I see other people are doing. I know this sounds silly, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. I could spend all day doing the most productive task in the world (and feel proud about it), but then log on to social media and realize how much more accomplished other people my age really are than I am. But this doesn’t mean I haven’t accomplished anything.

We have to remember that the people we see and follow on social media (celebrities), or even people in our daily lives (friends or classmates) are people who have grown up under different circumstances than we have. We all have various challenges to tackle every day, and even different goals and motivations for our lives. We have to remember that just because someone is doing something great, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t doing something great. We are probably just doing something different.

This doesn’t mean that we should delete all of our social media accounts to avoid the risk of feeling bad about ourselves (and yes, I have considered doing this, but if you know me, you know that I would probably never survive). But it does mean that we should build up our self-esteem, and remind ourselves that we are doing the best we can under the circumstances we are in.

Yes, there are people my age who have starred in movies, gone on world tours, and written books, but that doesn’t lessen the things I have accomplished in my life.

We have to remember that we shouldn’t look at things other people have done and think, “Wow, that person is so much better and more successful than I am because they are doing that.”

Instead we should think, “What that person is doing is so wonderful, and I am happy for them, but what I am doing is also wonderful, and I am proud of myself.”

Throughout life, there are going to be people who appear to have everything together more than you do. There are going to be people who you are jealous of because of their accomplishments, but you shouldn’t belittle your own achievements because of this. The key is to change that jealousy into pride for them, but also feeling pride when looking back on your own successes.

If anything, watching other people succeed should motivate you more than ever.

Because you never know when someone could be watching your life from the sidelines and wondering how you are so successful. There could be people admiring your achievements as well.

The moral of the story is, I am proud of my accomplishments, and you should be too.

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Don't Forget About Self-Love

It's been a long winter, don't forget to put yourself first.

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For most people, spring break still isn't for another few weeks and let's be honest - it's very needed at this point. January felt like five months just by itself and it feels like winter has been going on for years. So amidst midterms, jobs, events, and everything else going on remember that sometimes you need to put yourself first.

It doesn't help anyone for you to be constantly busy and beating yourself up when one thing goes wrong. This especially doesn't help you. Everyone is feeling pressure from something, and no one is going to blame you for using some of your free time to get yourself back on track. You're much more useful when you're cup is full than when you're completely drained from trying to do everything at all times.

In college, we learn to be people-pleasers whether we want to or not. You want to impress your professor, your boss, and even your friends. You want everyone to think that you are having the most amazing time at all times. Sometimes a lot of negative feelings come up when you can't be doing something for everyone and then you feel liked you've failed.

This pressure is especially true for graduating seniors. We're all so focused on what's next and how we can maximize all our time left that we forget to take care of ourselves. We take on every project we can to prove we can do it. We try to hang out with everyone we know because we may never see them again after graduation. We constantly worry that we're just running out of time to do everything. Sometimes we forget that if we burn ourselves out now, we're not going to be able to do much later.

While the solution isn't to just give up and become a hermit, we need to realize that sometimes the best thing to do is to take a step back. If you have thirty different projects going on ask for help on some of them. Collaborating is much easier than drowning in endless work. If you have free time and you've been busy all week take a night off instead of committing to seeing every friend you have. Self-breaks are sometimes the best breaks.

In the end, remember that you're not alone by any means when it comes to anything you're feeling and sometimes it just takes getting away to get better.

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