How To Lose at Life

December 7, 2015 , In: Figuring it Out , With: 2 Comments

I had an entire post written up on this but it felt a bit ‘wah wah for me’ so I deleted it.  Whatever, writing it felt cathartic.

All I’m going to write is that comparing yourselves to others is a sure way to lose and make yourself feel terrible.  Everyone has to live their lives the way it works for them.  Comparing yourself to others is a losing game.

I have to remind myself:

-That house with the beautiful facade could have a crumbling foundation.

-The women with the gorgeous clothes could be up all night thinking about her credit card debt.

-That perfect family may have health issues or family trouble.

-That woman who looks so put together dropping off her kids and heading to work may be looking at me, in my old clothes and pushing my stroller, and wishing she wasn’t going to a job she hated.

Nothing is ever as it seems.  Everyone has difficulties, even if they don’t speak of it.  The only way to be happy is to find the path that works for you and ignore the NOISE.

This is hard, I know.

I would not wish ill-will on anyone just to make myself feel better.  What I’m trying to get across is that it’s important (for me anyways) to focus on what works for myself and to stop trying to compare myself with other people who have imagined perfect or superior lives.  I need to just stop making comparisons, period.

‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ – Theodore Roosevelt

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    • Sylvia
    • December 7, 2015

    Yes– so true. Thanks for the reminder!

      • Michelle
      • December 7, 2015

      I think it’s always good to be reminded of this!! Thanks Sylvia.

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Originally from the prairies and now in Montreal, I love exploring new places, eating great food and modern design. I'm mom of two wild things and paper and cake make me happy. Photographing your cutie family would make me very happy.

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