Feel Good Friday: Never Compare Your Beginning

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Feel Good Friday is a regular series to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!

Never compare your beginning to someone else's middle.If I had to guess, I’d say that the comparison game is as old as time. A prehistoric woman probably worried that her neighbor’s cave was tidier or her sister’s son was better with a club.

These days, however, comparing ourselves to others is easier than ever before. In a five-minute span I can scan my college roommate’s Facebook post about buying a new house, read a tweet from my old colleague about her huge promotion, and salivate over my neighbor’s Instagram pic of the amazing dinner she cooked last night.

Then I can look around at my own cluttered home, my barely-off-the-ground freelance business, and the PB&J I assembled for dinner and think, whoa, I am so not measuring up.

There are, however, two major problems with this line of thinking.

First, no one’s life is as perfect as it appears on social media. We are all projecting an image, and more often than not we’re putting our best foot forward—and glossing over the hairy parts.

Second—and this is really important!—we are all at different points in the journey. Sure, that mom of three appears to have all the answers, that blogger is already working on her second book, and that woman is finding the time to complete two half-marathons a year.

But none of them started out that way.  

That mom experienced her fair share of uncertainty as a first-timer, that blogger stressed over her initial measly page views, and at one point that runner trained for her first 5K.

As author Jon Acuff said, “Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Tweet this quote!

There will always be someone ahead of you and someone behind you. All you have to do is keep moving forward.

Do you struggle with the comparison game? Do you tend to compare the beginning of your journey to the middle of someone else’s?

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