The comparison game

About a month ago, I went to get a haircut. I actually went for just a trim, like literally an inch. I even showed the lady a picture and everything. Next thing I know, she takes a chunk of my hair and wacks off a piece closer to about 5 inches. I just sat their in disbelief as she hacked away for another hour and a half. By the end of it, I literally looked like a a little page boy straight out of medieval times, except it was even shorter than that. I looked in the mirror and thought, I can either cry, or walk out of here and try to rock this thing. I went with the second option because sometimes that’s what you got to do when life throws stuff like that at you.

It’s definitely hard to rock something though, when we live in a life full of comparison. I feel like I compare myself to other people way too much, sometimes to the point of not even knowing who the heck I am. It’s important to remember that life’s not a race. Everyone moves at their own pace and everyone has a unique life to live that’s comparable to no one else’s. There will always be amazing beautiful people doing amazing beautiful things, but I can’t get so caught up in what they’re doing that I loose track of my own amazing beautiful life. Don’t get me wrong, it can be great to look up to these people and get inspiration from them, but it’s so easy to get caught up in what other people are doing and all the problems of the world and get overwhelmed, sitting there feeling like “Gee, I’ve got a piddly little life going nowhere.” Truth be told, I don’t really know what I’m doing or where I’m going, and am not even quite sure what I’m writing about right now, besides the fact that sometimes I need to let go, stop comparing, and focus on how my life is making an impact. Because simply by being alive my life has impact, not only on the people around me, but to everyone because we are all connected in one way or another. However, I think that before we can look at our impact, we have to look at our purpose and reason for existence. Maybe we have to realize our reason to make an impact, rather than make an impact to create our reason. I believe that’s the hardest part, but not impossible.

One does not walk into the forest and accuse the trees of being off-center,

Nor do they visit the shore and call the waves imperfect.

So why do we look at ourselves this way? “

— Tao Te Ching


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