Shame & Expectation

I’ve been keeping myself busy, doing the odd job here and there, but sometimes I can’t help but think I should be much further ahead. That’s where I found myself the other day, when something just hit me.

I suppose we all compare ourselves to others, thinking if we’d done something different we’d be at that level of independance, financial stability, maturity, etc. There’s a lot of things we compare to others about and think we’ve gone wrong and fallen behind in, but in truth we’re all going at different paces. You aren’t that person you look at and envy, and they aren’t you. Different upbringings, circumstances, life, you name it. Sometimes when we think on how seemingly little we’ve progressed in the light of others it almost seems shameful, that we haven’t lived up to expectations and that we haven’t tried at all, though most of the time that isn’t the case.

Don’t look at what others are doing and feel down and concentrate on how far behind you may be. Look at others and strive to get there. Know that although you may feel behind every step of progress you make is another step closer to achieving your dream. Focus on the fact that so long as you keep your goal in sight, everything you do will eventually lead to it. Remember that although life isn’t fair and that others may have had it easier in order to get where they are, you pushing yourself to get there makes you a better person in the long run. Sitting and wishing won’t do anything (for most, anyway), nothing comes without action.

On a side note, I’m going to start pulling these featured photos from Unsplash in addition to my own! This one’s by Flash Bros.

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