I started writing this post while nursing quiiite a hangover. Naturally between Netflix binge-watching from the comfort of my bed and napping, I found myself scrolling through Facebook and Instagram liking beautiful pictures of cute little families cutting down Christmas trees and decorating their homes. After seeing these happy moments, I found myself comparing my life to theirs.
It’s difficult to not get wrapped up in the comparison trap. Facebook friends are getting married and having babies (which I love to see), and I’m over here just thankful to see my rubber tree make it another week.
I think there’s a lot of pressure now-a-days that leads people to believe their lives need to look a certain way. You need to go to college, get a degree, get a job, get married, buy a house, have babies, raise babies, and retire. That’s how life is “supposed” to be and if it doesn’t look exactly that way, then you did it wrong.
Be proud of your personal milestones. Whether your personal milestone is marrying the love of your life, paying your student loans off, or going out with girlfriends and not drunk texting your ex then celebrate your milestone!
I think it’s important to remember your path may not be the same as your best friends. Take a look at how far your personal path has come and don’t beat yourself up because your path looks different than the next person’s. Everyone’s life looks perfect on social media but the reality is everyone has their own shit. In a lot of ways, we’re all the same. Just people trying to figure this life out. So don’t compare yourself. Stay in your own lane and focus on your hopes and dreams. Always remember: be proud of yourself, and be your own cheerleader because the world puts enough pressure on us as it is.