COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.

What should we talk about today?

I was thinking the ‘habit of comparing yourself to others? (friends, family members or social media users)’ as many including myself tend to do.

Personally, this seems like an important and crucial topic to touch on, particularly with the extensive and growing use of social media. It has been said that there are 700 million users on Instagram (Statista), 328 million on Twitter (Statista), over 160 million users on Snapchat etc. I’m sure you get the picture but if not, let me just say this, social media is taking over our world people! Of course, there are many advantages of it. It can be viewed as an online portfolio, a platform to meet new people, connect with individuals worldwide, and mainly as a source of entertainment and news. However, everyday we wake up, we check our phones for any notifications from either those we know or on social media. We come across posts created by individuals we look up to, like, comment on their images and sometimes even screenshot/save these pictures. Well, in my opinion, this can become very damaging for ones self-confidence/esteem. Do you sometimes wish you had what they have? Their features, characteristics, garments, social life, followers, talents or career? To be honest, I wouldn’t blame you and I don’t. I am also a victim of this.

“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.”

― Shannon L. Alder

Millions of users are religiously utilising these online platforms, broadcasting their ‘lifestyles’, exhibiting their luxurious items, showcasing ‘squad’ and portraying this specific image of themselves. Remember the saying, ‘don’t believe everything you read’, well do not believe everything you see on social media either! Each user has the power to exhibit whatever they like. The objective of social media is to basically advertising yourself with hopes of acquiring numerous likes, comments and attention from others. Rather than querying what it is you’re personally lacking in comparison to those you witness on social media, ask yourself this.

Is this really their lifestyle? If I was to meet this person in the outside world, will they look as good as they portray on Instagram? Did they buy the item, take an image and return it straight away? (many do this on the low!) Is squad really squad or just for image because they have the same numbers of followers and likes?

I’ve come to realise that not everything is what it seems. You do not know what happens behind closed doors, therefore should not be so quick to want to be someone else or have their life. But most importantly, comparison is simply the thief of joy.

It is essential to remember:

  1. Each of us have talents and characteristics that make us unique. It is impossible to find another you, and I mean this. One may acquire the same talent as you but the way in which the talents are utilised are very different. I say find this talent, and stick to it. That’s what makes you, you.
  2. Remember this, you’ve got a purpose. Every single one of us on this earth has a purpose. We were brought onto this planet for a reason, whether we know it or not. It is just about identifying what this is and ensuring you make the best out of it in life.
  3. Timing is everything, and I can’t stress this enough! You can possibly receive all you’ve ever wanted now (career, money et al) or in a couple of years but THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOUR TIME WILL NEVER COME. I know, someone you admire has everything you desire but the real questions are, are they ready for all that responsibility? How long will it last?

    You will experience trials and tribulations which are blessings in disguise, but it is essential to reveal that everything does happen for a reason. Unfortunately some may not believe this, but I really do.

  4. Nobody is perfect and that is a fact. We all go through our own shit.

So rather than comparing yourself to others, compare yourself now to a couple of months ago. How much have you achieved? Made any advancements? Worked on your craft? On yourself? When I say yourself, i’m talking about physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And if you haven’t then please do not be afraid to start. It all starts with being confident in yourself, your abilities, knowing your worth and no longer fearing to put yourself out there on the large platform. You are incomparable and must know it in your heart and soul.

In short:

“Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it. Eventually people will see what you are great at doing, and… success will come chasing after you.”


― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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BOTTLING IT ALL IN + NEVER OPENING UP.

I’ve never really done a post like this one before, and I must admit, it is challenge for me. I struggle with letting people in, opening up and just being honest about what it is I’m going through. It seems like no matter what issues or emotions I may be experiencing, whether I’ve reached my ultimate peak or not, one will never really know. Why? This is something I’ve been asking myself for a very long time, until someone close to me opened my eyes and made me realise why I am the way I am.

Clearly, everyone has their own struggles. We’ve all got our own demons, problems and insecurities, but we deal with these differently. Like I previously mentioned, I am notorious for bottling things up. Some individuals are comfortable talking to others regarding their issues, however others struggle doing so.  Personally, I always and still do (not going to lie) feel like some sort of burden when reaching to others regarding my personal life. I’ve always been that girl who thought she was strong enough to deal with whatever obstacles she may face. The girl who should be able to deal with her own issues without asking for help or advice from others. The girl whose problems aren’t even that important compared to others, so why not just suck it up and deal with it herself? But let me tell you something, this is not the type of mentality one should have and I’m happy to have finally come to terms with this.

Bottling it all up especially for a long period of time can become very damaging, overbearing and lonely. A feeling one should not constantly experience. I can’t believe I’m about to say this but as I finally let everything out one day, I just started bawlinggg! Bare in mind, I hate crying too. However, as I was doing so, I realised a couple of things.

  1. I immediately felt free, almost like a ton of bricks have been lifted off my shoulders.
  2. Crying has always felt like some sort of weakness to me. It shouldn’t and definitely is not.
  3. I am surrounded by family and friends who care and love me. Individuals who are here for me the same way I am here for them.

Yes, opening up remains a challenge for me but is something I’m proudly still working on.

Now, if you encounter similar characteristics, find it extremely difficult to talk to someone about your problems then I will say this, write everything down. I repeat, write all your thoughts and emotions down, whether it is in your diary or blog. It’s something I started doing a while ago and I must say, I wish I did it way earlier. Even more, praying and talking to God also helps. As you’re letting it all out, don’t be afraid to ask him for guidance and strength to overcome your issues. He never lets his children down.

But if that doesn’t work for you, then please try to always remember,

“just because people have bigger problems than me, it does not mean mine is irrelevant”

or any less important. We deal with our issues in various manners and that’s okay. Things like this take time, just never forget to put yourself first …

AND TO ALWAYS LOVE YOURSELF, NO MATTER WHAT.

01.47 am thoughts.

 

This post is quite different to the other ones I’ve created, it’s more personal. Honestly, this is because one night I was extremely in my feelings and started writing. Now if you are anything like me and constantly bottle your feelings up, I really hope you get something out of this. The post has permitted to acknowledge a lot about myself and the changes that need to be made. So here we go.

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It is currently 01:47 am and I feel like all I can do at the moment is write. Write about what’s on my mind and what is honestly troubling me.

I’ve always known that I’ve had really bad trust issues but to see it unfold at the moment is quite upsetting. Honestly I do not want to be like this all the time. I want to be able to put trust my in people without the fear of them breaking it. It takes a lot for me to get close to someone. I can be talking to people, getting to know them but when it comes to me opening up about my feelings, I chicken out immediately. All that may be said on my part will be very brief. It has become clear that it’s something I have troubles with. I just can’t do it. It is very important for me to know how much I can trust you before getting close to you and tell you things about myself. I don’t like to talk about my feelings or what’s on my mind.

Evidently this is due to events that have occurred in the past but don’t get me wrong I have always been a private person. I’m never one to talk about my problem to others whatsoever. I bottle everything up. Whether I like it or not, I just can’t stop it. I do not like smothering others with my issues especially if I feel as if I can handle it all alone. I’ve done it before so why not do it again right? Well wrong. This really isn’t healthy at all! I’ve found myself crying alone, making sure my cries are never heard. Even writing this right now is killing me. I don’t know whether or not I will actually post this but I find that writing about my issues help. It wasn’t purposely planned for me to be writing this as a post but best believe it feels right at the moment. Lorrrddd i even downloaded a secret diary app just so I can write about my feelings lol but it just didn’t feel right. I’m sure I have rambled on for a while now but let me just say this, yes there are some people I can trust. I just personally can’t bring myself to message them and talk about my dilemmas. It is extremely hard.

I’ve learnt that as a Leo, I tend to always appear fine and have a smile on my face regardless of how I’m feeling. The fear of being judged gets to best of me and this needs to stop! It’s alright to talk to others about my problems, it’s normal. I am human after all right? So from now on this is something I will be strongly working on.