How can I stop comparing my life to others'?
July 6, 2012 12:38 PM Subscribe
It seems like every day I will see someone accomplish something amazing. My first thought is not to be impressed or happy for them, but to try and find out their age. Then, if they are younger than I, I'm overcome with jealousy and regret.
posted by Monochrome to Grab Bag (33 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
If I see a recent grad who has a book deal, or a post-grad with many papers published, my mood sinks. Sometimes I catch myself resenting people in fields I have zero interest in.
I am still not quite certain that the career path I'm on is the most fulfilling. I realize that this feeling could be used constructively to fuel ambition. Instead, I dwell on hypothetical versions of myself that are more accomplished. I want to turn this around, but I could use your help coming up with the right way to think about this situation.