That ARThletic Girl posted a couple of images (one of which she drew herself) with the motto: Don’t let comparison steal your joy. This is what she said:
This has recently become my life motto. I find that comparing myself and my life to other people is dangerous for my self esteem. Sometimes it does me some good because it makes me appreciate what I am and what I have, but more often than not it leaves me feeling inadequate and a whole bunch of things I’m most probably not.
First, she posted this one, which is beautiful and simple.
But this one really drives home the point.
I have talked about this issue before on my personal blog:
Back then, I said:
Does it matter that I’m not the girl with the MOST cake? Nope. All that matters is that I bring it, every day. Time to put down the cake now.
That was back in 2006 and I really have STILL not recovered from that SXSW trip. I am STILL struggling with bingeing and I haven’t gotten back to the weight that I was on that trip. I am still trying to stuff my face with the most cake, when really what I want is…
What do I want?
Maybe that’s the problem…
For seven LONG years, I have been letting comparison steal my joy and stuffing cake down my gullet to compensate for it. I’m printing up that image and plastering it to EVERYTHING until I get over this.