Comparing our lives to a friend’s is futile because how do we truly know what our friend’s life is like? We don’t. Yes, her life could seem like its teeming with rainbows, unicorns, and endless shopping sprees to Saks, but for all we know, it could be a delusional, photo-shopped portrayal of something entirely different.
Photo of Andrea Johnsohn, by Cecil Beaton 1945
“All the world’s a stage/and all the men and women merely players” quoted the revered William Shakespeare. No one’s life is a clichéd bowl of cherries. Some are simply better thespians than others, and they could perform a more “professional” dramatic performance. But, keep in mind that’s all it is: a performance. We also don’t know of all the tears and sweat a person has shed prior to obtaining victory. We don’t know their distress and their pain. All we see is the final result, one that is supposedly devoid of struggle. How can we become envious of another’s superficially glorified triumph, when its reality can actually be complicated and challenging? And finally...
3) FOCUS ON YOURSELF. CELEBRATE YOUR OWN STRENGTHS WHILE TRYING TO IMPROVE YOUR OWN FLAWS. COME AS YOU ARE. THIS IS THE WAY TO MOVE FORWARD.
Good luck to us all on fulfilling our New Year’s Resolutions! (Don’t worry—I know this isn’t the real New Year. I’m still a good Jewess—or so I hope).