Melissa and I were talking yesterday about the idea that our kids will only be the age they are once.
Alyssa (7) and Olivia (3) were collaborating on a dog book. They named it All About Dogs – A Great Guide for Being a Great Dog Owner.
It was so sweet watching them work together. The thought of them only being their current age once could make me cry.
I’ve heard other parents say similar things.
Here’s something I don’t hear as many people talking about that could make my cry just as much:
We all SHOULD be the same age only once.
I think you’ll agree that if you are the same person at age 45 that you were at 25, there are some issues.
Unfortunately, this is the case for many people. While technically they are older, they haven’t grown one bit and are still blaming external circumstances for their problems.
That’s just as sad as kids getting older – Progressing through life but not growing.
Too many of us compare ourselves to others. There are lots of problems with this.
Comparison will rob you of all joy.
It’s an instant put down. I don’t think I’ve ever compared myself to someone else and felt better for it. And of course, I compare myself to the ideal. Most of us don’t compare ourselves to people we’ve done better than. That would come with its own set of problems.
With social media, we are usually comparing the real version of ourselves with someone else’s highlight reel.
There’s only one person I think it’s OK to compare yourself to and that’s YOU!
You can be content and yet still want to improve. Are you better today than you were yesterday? That’s a much better question than asking yourself if you’re better than someone else. We are all running our own race so stay in your own lane.