THE COMPARISON GAME

IF I HAD A NICKEL FOR EVERY TIME I COMPARED MYSELF TO SOMEONE ELSE, I'D BE A MILLIONAIRE. AND ANYONE WHO CLAIMS THEY DON'T DO THIS, IS A LIAR. I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS, IT'S HUMAN NATURE. AND IT'S A PART OF HUMAN NATURE I HATE. BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT, IT'S UPSETTING THAT ONE WOULD DOWNGRADE THEIR OWN BEAUTY BECAUSE THEY FEEL IT DOESN'T MEASURE UP TO SOMEONE ELSE'S. THERE'S A KEY POINT HERE THAT TENDS TO BE FORGOTTEN. YOU'RE YOUR OWN PERSON, WITH YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES AND BACKGROUND AND HAIR COLOR AND EYE COLOR AND PERSONALITY AND NOSE SHAPE AND HOBBIES AND BODY TYPE. AND NO ONE (UNLESS YOU HAVE AN IDENTICAL TWIN) SHARES THOSE EXACT QUALITIES. SO TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME GETTING DOWN ON YOUR SELF BECAUSE YOU FEEL INFERIOR, IS SIMPLY A WASTE OF YOUR OWN BEAUTY. THAT SAID, I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAID. SO I WRITE HERE, AND ON INSTAGRAM, THAT IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS. BECAUSE IT IS. I WORK AT IT EVERYDAY WHEN I GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SEE SOMETHING SOMEONE HAS DONE OR SAID OR WORN AND I START TO QUESTION THINGS I'VE DONE OR NOT DONE, OR SAID AND WORN. AND FOR WHAT?! A LIFE GOAL, NOT YEARLY ONE, IS TO REMAIN TRUE TO WHO I AM AND BE PROUD OF WHERE MY LIFE IS AT IN IT'S CURRENT STATE. INSTEAD OF IMMEDIATELY QUESTIONING MYSELF, I NEED ONLY TO ADMIRE AND PRAISE THE BEAUTY THAT HAS INSPIRED ME. AS FOR THIS COMPARISON GAME, I'M TAKING A SEAT ON THE BENCH.