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!
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,