You Are Your Own Competition

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Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

I came across this quote so long ago that I don’t even remember how or where I saw it for the first time. But, it was instantly one of those sayings that I will effortlessly remember for the rest of my life.

When I read books that I really enjoy, but cannot put into words what it is about them that had me engrossed, I just say that the book “spoke to me”. It was the same with this quote. After I read it, I started thinking about how it could be applied to so many people in various contexts.

Especially nowadays, as the Internet and social media have become such an inseparable part of our everyday routine. We put ourselves out there in a way we would like to be seen, and we have a chance to see others, or at least to see what others want us to see.

I remember the days when I compulsively used Facebook and Instagram and tried to keep up with all the trends that set such unrealistic standards that, in the end, what was supposed to be a pastime activity ended up being a stressful experience.

I stopped using social media because I constantly felt like I was failing in whatever I tried to do. It was never “good enough” for me because I was comparing myself to all the others.

Until one day, I woke up and had enough of it. On that day I decided to track my success, to only compare my achievements to the things I had accomplished.

From that day on, I was able to see how far I’ve come, measured by my own standards and progress while giving myself enough room for improvement without feeling stressed out.

I believe we are all unique, and there will never be a single cookie-cutter standard that could be applied to every single person. That’s why I like to compare myself to who I was before and not to other people.

I like the way I learn and do things; I even like my mistakes and how they teach me lessons. I would never like to fit in the way I wanted to before. I have my own limits and flaws that might prevent me from achieving the same as someone who lives a different life, but I also have advantages that I keep focusing on.

What do you consider your most unique trait that you wouldn’t change for the world? Do you enjoy being different?

Pozdrav, Milica

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