Ohhhh envy….. Never a fun thing to deal with. Yet something we all do.
It seems like in today’s industry, with how close knit all of us photographers are, we are constantly hearing about eachother’s successes and accomplishments. Through social media, it is easy to get a constant feed of who’s being featured where, who just scored an awesome destination wedding, who just bought the new camera body, and the list goes on….
Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else have those battles between cheering along and being super happy for the person or going back to bed and sulking because you are so hideously JEALOUS?
I’ll admit it, I’ve struggled with this a lot, recently. I try to never forget how completely blessed I am, but then sometimes there are just those days when nothing is going right and I log into Facebook and hear all about those who it seems like everything is going right for. And from there it’s a downward spiral…. Suddenly, in my eyes, my work sucks, no one likes me, and I’m just flat out NOT good enough. Then, on top of it all, I feel like a horrible person for not feeling happy for the other person and it makes everything ten times worse!
On days like this…there is only one solution. Shut it off. Get off of Facebook and STOP comparing.
Sure, you can spend the day ogling over everyone else’s blogs, trying to figure out what you are doing wrong. Or you can sit back and count you blessings and know that no matter what, in His eyes….YOU ARE ENOUGH. Always. Period. End of story. Case closed. When you spend every moment comparing yourself to others, you lose sight of how well you are doing and how far you’ve come. And during all this time that you spent feeling inadequate compared to a peer….there is someo
ne else out there comparing themselves to YOU and feeling the same way. It’s a vicious circle, I tell ya!
Your purpose is not to spend your time trying to out-do your peers. Nor is your worth determined by how you are measuring up to others. The only person you should spend your time competing against is YOU.
So on those days, when you get to comparing and feeling less than fabulous, take a break. Rejoice in everything you have been blessed with….and when you’re ready, come back and celebrate the successes of your peers. They’ve been there too.
Don’t let comparison rob your joy. Here’s to thriving in our successes when it’s our turn and celebrating with others when it’s theirs! (Now hold up that imaginary toasting glass I handed you at the beginning of this speech)
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