I am sure this has happened probably at least once to most of us, if not more. At the end of the day, you decide to scroll through your Facebook feed to see what has been going and what your friends have been up to recently. Then, it all hits you at once. You see those people from high school who are getting married, maybe some are having their first baby, or maybe someone just landed an amazing career opportunity. You start to reevaluate your life and proceed to overthink every little thing you are doing. You begin to feel like you are not achieving anything in your life when you compare it to those people on your Facebook feed.
Does this sound familiar? If so, it definitely can be overwhelming at times because you are your own worst critic. It is never a healthy decision to compare yourself to other people's lives, but for some reason, we all are guilty of doing it at one point or another. Here are just a few little tips I have to hopefully help you out the next time you are scrolling through social media and have the urge to compare yourself.
Keep in mind that everyone on this planet and around the world is different and we all have different life paths set out for us. Some people attend college and graduate and have their entire life figured out in the blink of an eye. Other people are not meant to go to college, and you know what? That's okay. Some of your friends may be getting married before you do or may move away to pursue greater opportunities, but that doesn't mean that similar things will not happen in your life at some point, too.
It's easy to sit and compare your life to someone else's, but you don't know what kinds of struggles they had to go through to get to that point either. Everything in life takes time and happens when it is supposed to, I truly believe in that. When you really think about it, time goes by so fast anyway that it will seem like in a blink of an eye you are already where you are supposed to be. I sit and think about how I thought high school and college were going to last forever, and here I am ready to take on graduate school fairly soon. Just because it may take you more time to reach the goals you have set out for yourself does not mean that you are going to be a failure in life or that you are less of a person than anyone else. Stay motivated and focus on your dreams and they will become a reality eventually.
Now comparing yourself to others and being inspired by others are two totally different concepts. I personally believe it is great to feel encouraged by other people by looking up to them and strive to be a similar person. However, don't let that alter how you view yourself and where you are on your life path. Don't get trapped in what other people are doing so much that you lose focus on your own aspirations. Make the most of your life and enjoy the journey along the way.
"Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs, but it's your choice to scream or enjoy the ride." - Unknown