Apples to Oranges

An opportunity to reflect

Posted on November 12, 2020

We live in a digital age, where we are connected so easily to the people around us.

At first glance, this seems only positive, until we realize the pitfalls of our society.

We are surrounded by the inescapable force of social media.

We can try to give it up but the dopamine rush we receive from each like, follow, and friend request forces us to stay in that metaphorical cage.

As humans, it is impossible to not compare ourselves to the people around us; the people we know, respect and look up to.

Now people obviously only want to portray the best parts of their life online to fill the shoes of the person they wish to be.

Seeing this, we think to ourselves, why don’t I have that life.

Why don’t I have that relationship, that car, that job, why don’t I have that person’s perfect life.

But what we fail to see is what’s behind the curtains.

That same person with a mansion and a Lamborghini might be struggling to pay their bills.

That couple everybody idolizes could be fighting constantly, only pausing to take a picture for Instagram to show off their seemingly perfect relationship.

My point is that you should not discount the positive aspects of your life so easily.

Be thankful for what you have, because that person you envy is looking into that same social void wondering why they don’t have what you have.

Everybody is unique, because we all have different experiences which shape our life that no one else would be able to understand.

That is the most beautiful part of life, the pages in everybody’s book unfold a different way.

So instead focus the energy you put into comparing yourself to other people, into achieving the goals you set for yourself.

Compare yourself to yourself, are you a better person than you were a day ago, a month ago, a year ago?

If the answer to that question is no or it is unclear, fix that, you have the power to fix that.

And if the answer to that question is yes, then keep walking down that same road and you will undoubtedly bring your wildest dreams to fruition.