Honestly, I’ve been feeling a bit discouraged with myself lately. In this world of perfectly curated Instagram feeds, it’s certainly easy to play the comparison game. I’m guilty of it. Lately, I’ve been looking at these photos of strong, successful women and believing the lie that they are better than me.
Someone else’s success does not equate to your failure.
I have to remind myself of this. My friend doing well at something does not inherently mean I am bad at that same thing. It’s especially easy to do this in a creative industry. Another photographer gets published, books a ton of clients or something, and it’s easy to latch onto this idea that I must be a bad photographer because that didn’t happen to me. That’s simply not true.
I’m here to tell you that people and success come in all shapes and sizes. My definition of success is not the same as yours. My story, my path is different. That’s what makes life interesting.
What a boring world it would be if we all lived it the exact same way.
I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but it’s okay to feel awesome about yourself and your own successes. I’m awesome! You’re awesome! When we give ourselves permission to feel good about our accomplishments, we also enable ourselves to be more encouraging to others.
So, today I’m stepping back from that cycle of self doubt and remembering that we can all be fiercely successful- all of us together! I encourage you to do the same.