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I recently found a very powerful quote: “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” Oftentimes, society makes you believe that if you are not “competing” with someone or trying to be “better” than someone, then you will not improve yourself, but that is actually the opposite of what you should be doing. Which brings me to another great quote: “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.” If you compare yourself to another, it will only bring you heartache.  You have no idea what that person went through to get to where they are and all of us have different paths for a reason. Everyone had to start at Chapter 1 and figure out their own way to reach Chapter 20. When you compare yourself to others it feels awful, because you need to follow a different path that is meant for no one else but you. When you focus on others and wish you were “as pretty as her,” or “as strong as her,” or “as smart as him,” you take the focus off of the amazing person you are. You have your own wonderful, unique gifts, but when you minimize them and put yourself down because they are “not as good” as the person next to you, you dim your own light. The point of living this life is to shine. You have been given a chance to do and be anything you want, so why would you want to waste that chance by not believing in yourself?

Life is too short to waste on wishing you were someone else. Celebrate who you are, because there is only one you. There is no one who has the same personality or talents as you. It can be scary to start something new, whether it is a new career, a new lifestyle, a new hobby, but if you never try, you will regret it later. “Look in the mirror . . . That’s your competition.” If you need to challenge yourself, don’t compete with others, compete with yourself. Challenge yourself daily to be a better person, to live a healthier lifestyle, to push your body to the next fitness level, to be more accepting of who you are. You are the only one who can make your life better, but you have to love yourself and have faith that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. Trust that when you do start something new, it will be difficult, but someday, you will be at Chapter 20 and wonder why you were so scared in the first place.

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