Run your own race

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

It almost seems natural to compare ourselves to others. We find ourselves comparing careers, finances, body types, partners, children, etc. to others. I cannot emphasis how many times I’ve caught myself doing this. As a result, it made me feel like I wasn’t doing enough.

Be okay with your own journey.

When tempted to compare ourselves to others, remember that we are all running our own race – ALONE. Therefore our paths in life will be different. Sometimes, that path brings great feeling of joy and sometimes deep feelings of sadness. But, we are all running our own race. It’s almost unfair to compare ourselves with others as we aren’t meant to be the same. How boring would life be if everything was the same? The beauty of life is how each one of us was created differently and our paths are all different.

I’ve decided to make “run your own race” my daily mantra.

  • Don’t worry what other people are doing.
  • Find your magic and turn it on.
  • Focus on your goals and define what success means to you.
  • I am not them, they are not me.

Take social media bragging with a pinch of salt.

People often upload their social media timelines with the latest items they’ve purchased. For me, social media highlights the finish product. You may not know the amount of time and effort that the person put into getting to that specific moment. Therefore, we cannot compare ourselves to them. Inspite of what you may see on social media, no one’s life is that perfect.

You don’t have to live up to other people’s expectations.

Living your most authentic life means you are not imitating anyone else. Therefore we are not in competition with anyone else. The more time you spend comparing yourself to others, the less time you have to focus on yourself and your future goals.

I often find that when you get to a certain age, people start asking questions like when are you getting married/having children? When are you buying a car/house? Remember that success is measured differently. Define what success means to you and let’s respect that. You don’t have to live up to anyone else’s expectations.

It’s not cool to pass judgement on others.

Until you’ve walked in my shoes (every step on the way) you are NOT allowed to judge me. Focusing on other people’s lives creates more drama and less happiness. Do you hunny, and only you!

Final Word

I want to be fully focused on my own life. I want to continue running my own race.

You and I are unique; there is no one like you/me. Always remember to give your best to whatever task at hand, and whatever happens thereafter, is absolutely okay. You’ve already given it your best shot.

Run your own race, alone.

Love and Light,

Megan

 

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6 Discussion to this post

  1. Lalannie Knoll says:

    Wow, Megan, thank you for this reminder!
    I was thinking so much about this yesterday. I agree, it is so easy to compare oneself. And the worst is that when you do, you automatically feel so much worse. I must admit that most times you don’t do this intentionally, it just happens and you then must make a conscious decision to change your thoughts or else you just slip into that darkl alley.
    Besides, you are the only one, who can do you perfectly!!!

  2. Megan Richards says:

    Hi Lalannie

    I agree, we almost do it automatically. When you find yourself doing this, stop and remind yourself that you are running your own race.

    Changing negative thoughts aren’t easy, but they are doable. We are work in progress and it CAN be done.

    Have a lovely day and thank you for always commenting on my blog post.

  3. Celeste says:

    What a well written article! Clear and crisp. My favourite part about the article is the note on social media and the perspective that social media highlights the finished product.
    I think we all compare ourselves to others (myself included) but at the end of the day, it sucks all your energy and motivation. So I agree, focus on YOUR journey and goals. Also always remember to acknowledge how far you’ve come.

    Great article Megan!

  4. Megan Richards says:

    Thanks so much Celeste!

    I often see people posting their successes on social media and I tried to look at it from a different perspective. We don’t know the amount of time and effort it took them to succeed.

    Thank you for reading and sharing the article!

  5. Juliet Rami Ledwaba says:

    Let it be known my Megs, it does not get any truer than this!!!\

    Thank you for the truth, thank you for being on point, thank you for remaining authentic, always!

  6. Megan Richards says:

    Arhhhh thanks so much Jules!

    I really appreciate the feedback.

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