"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms."
Competing and comparing yourself to others is a huge aspect I have learned in my life time. When I started my blog, and even now, I constantly compare myself to other bloggers from blog layouts to post content.
Lately, I have been struggling with my photos on my blog. I used to spend countless hours trying to perfect each photo in order to make it look similar to photos by other bloggers. I was always comparing my photos to other blogger's photos. I wanted my lighting to be like theirs, my white balance to be on point and more. Soon enough, I realized I was no longer happy with the photos I put up on my blog because they were no longer photos that I liked with my unique touch. It was difficult, and still is difficult to tell myself not to compare but it is very necessary. "Comparison is the thief of all joy."
Almost everyone tends to compare themselves or aspects of their lives to others, both directly and indirectly. But if we constantly do that, we will never be happy or live a life to our own uniqueness. It is very difficult to eliminate comparison but with one step at a time, it is entirely achievable. Once you start comparing yourself less to others around you, you will bloom and grow into a beautiful and happy individual.
The quote above is a a great self reminder to not worry about what anyone else is doing in their lives but to just live and grow with your own. I could go on for ages about this topic because I have such a passion for it but i'll let you interpret the rest in your own way.
:: Janine Maral