Everyone encounters challenges in their lives that may lead to setbacks or failures. Many countries’ citizens face far greater challenges than those of us in the United States, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to grow up in place with such endless possibilities. Helping others overcome their barriers and live a fulfilling and happy life is one of the most rewarding feelings imaginable. I hope to one day make a difference in the world and impact many peoples’ lives by helping them overcome their challenges.
Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
I chose to write about challenges today because I had a mile track race last night and tied my PR of 5:20.3. Yes, I should have been happy that I tied my PR and ran 6 seconds faster than last week, but I was angry and upset instead. The reason? Breaking 5:20 has been a challenge I have been trying to overcome for over a year now, and I have worked my butt off in training for months on end. I compare myself to all these other girls who are faster than me and think, “why can’t I be like them?” I used to be better than a large number of them, so I get discouraged when they run faster than me. But in reality, I should not compare myself with others and should accept my race for what it was. I have plenty of time to beat my record, and I’m still not back in my best shape yet after recovering from the flu and an injury in January.
Comparing ourselves with others is one of the greatest human flaws – it creates havoc and despair in our lives. So many people could be happier with themselves if they accepted themselves for who there are and released the perfect image society has engrained in our heads. Tan skin, white teeth, toned bodies, nice hair, pretty eyes, flawless skin, tons of money, good at everything…who really has all that and can say they are truthfully happy? Not many people.
I have decided to take a new perspective on life because I only have one life to live and I might as well make it flippin’ awesome. I will set goals for myself and work hard to achieve them, but also enjoy myself and have fun with my friends and family. I will stop comparing myself to others and try to be the best person I can be. I believe things happen for a reason, and I know all the setbacks I’ve had in my life are there to teach me a lesson. The lessons I’ve learned have molded me into the individual I am today, and I don’t regret anything that has happened in my life.
As long as you trust in your abilities and work hard to achieve your goals, you can reach them! Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself and take the plunge into uncertainty. Even if you are afraid of your goals, don’t let them hover over you and tease you. You can and WILL overcome the challenges you face. If you can’t do it alone, get help from friends and family or even strangers. We are all in this together!
I hope this post somewhat inspired you and didn’t seem cliche or rambly.
What is a challenge you want to overcome? What is stopping you from overcoming this challenge?
Do you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others?