Food for thought.

There’s so many things to be envious about someone else. Be it someone’s looks, talents, opportunities, etc etc. Most often than not you’ll hear someone or you yourself saying: “She’s so pretty, smart, talented!! So lucky! Unlike me I’m such a plain and boring person.” Lately, I’ve seen so many things to be envious about. About how other people are able to travel so much and see the world, about how there’s so many pretty people around and how people have such amazing talents.. And I realised that social media is actually the source for all these comparisons. Nowadays so many people are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and it’s so convenient to be exposed to updates about how good their life is or photos of pretty people.

But amazingly, I’m not affected at all as I scroll through these posts. I’m actually very surprised by that myself because the younger me 5 years ago would probably bury herself in bed and be depressed about everything. Does that mean I’ve grown more matured in my thinking?? Haha. Or rather, I’ve come to accept that most things on social media do not really reflect what reality is like for the person. I mean, you can see a smiling person in pictures but is her life really that happy? Does she have no troubles at all? Most probably not. Everyone has their share of downs in life, just that they choose to only show more of the good side on public platforms.

Or you can say that I try not to be envious of others because subconsciously, you’re putting stress onto yourself to become better, and very often it’s unhealthy stress. Instead of spurring yourself to become a better person, it actually demoralises you because what you’re doing is trying to fill shoes that are too big for you. It’s important to know what you can achieve and what you can’t. Instead of wallowing in my own self pity, I choose to change the way I think about things. Life is not always a bed of roses, but everything will be fine if you think positively. If I don’t take charge of my own happiness, who will?

Today, even though I’m not super talented, hold a super high paying job, super pretty, have a huge circle of friends, get to travel to beautiful places around the world… I’m still thankful for what I have in life: A very loving family (cousins included) and boyfriend, along with a few close friends whom I know I can count on. Of course there’s more to be thankful for, but these are currently all that matters. (And I don’t want this to turn into a bragging post. Lol.)

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