Comparison is the theif of joy

I have a complicated relationship with myself, some days I feel good and some days I feel like hiding from the world.

I know I’m not the only one but I have always struggled with accepting myself as a person and being comfortable to be myself. I try every day to be better than I was yesterday. I know progress is not linear, there will be ups and downs with some set backs, but the general trend is to keep moving forward.

I know at the back of my mind, I can’t help but compare myself. I know it’s toxic and it’s worst kind of abuse to yourself, but I can’t help it. I don’t know how to stop – but it’s weird, recently, I haven’t been sulking or upset or jealous instead, I feel inspired, motivated and positive. I mean, if they can do it, why can I not? The only thing that’s stopping me, is myself.

However…. here’s the catch.

I compare myself to unrealistic standards.

For instance, I don’t believe people are as perfect as they portray themselves on Instagram. I don’t believe that people on Facebook are constantly happy in their relationships and I definitely do not believe people’s lives are as amazing as they say on Youtube.

I live by this saying: “Comparison is the thief of joy” – this will always remind me to stay grounded and to believe what I see in real life and not in virtual life.

I have triggers. If I’m completely honest, I get a twinge in my heart whenever I hear my boyfriend say something about another girl. I’m not gonna say I’m jealous. The only way I can explain it is that I can’t be her and I know that but I wish I could have that one aspect of her that my boyfriend admired, I know he’s just complimenting her which is sweet and I know it’s not deep, but I can’t really help but feel that way … it’s odd that I feel that way, I know he loves me, he admires many aspects about me … but why am I like this? I will never know, maybe it’s just my brain.

Next time, you scroll through your Instagram feed, or you’re looking at your ex’s new relationship on Facebook. Remember, don’t compare your life to others because there is no comparison between the sun and the moon. They both shine when it’s their time. 

Love,
Nisha x

 

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  1. August 7, 2017 / 23:01

    Powerful, sage, and relatable thoughts you have shared. It definitely resonated with me. Thank you for sharing something so personal and uplifting at the same time! Stay strong! 💜💜

    • August 7, 2017 / 23:03

      Thank you! 😙💛

  2. August 7, 2017 / 23:50

    This is so powerful! Thank you for sharing this! I am constantly reminding myself of this. Comparison truly is the thief of joy, and sometimes it’s hard to remember that when you’re scrolling through Instagram (at least for me) and you see all these people who look totally happy and physically fit…so sometimes I have to take a step back and get off of social media and sit with myself so I don’t go down a complete rabbit hole. Stay strong, you’re perfect! Xoxo

    • August 8, 2017 / 10:20

      Ahh thank you! 😙💛 Means a lot xox

  3. August 8, 2017 / 07:10

    I absolutely agree. I remember a time where I was struggling with insecurities, the best thing I did for myself, was take a break from social media.

    • August 8, 2017 / 10:22

      Oh my gosh! I cannot express this enough! I remember the days where social media was just there, we could post crappy pictures and not care, but now – the obsession of looking good has gone to far! I acc feel so sad and I miss the days where I didn’t care 😭😭

      • August 8, 2017 / 10:52

        Yes! Plus, not only looking good, but being impressive. Posting photos of travel, expensive food and attending exclusive events. It’s tiring trying to keep up.

        Thankfully, I have found my feet and curated my timeline to suit my needs.

  4. August 18, 2017 / 15:32

    Wonderful Idea and well articulated-
    “Who is wealthy? The one who is happy with what they have”

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