As a runner, as a blogger, as a mother…heck, as a woman…it’s easy to get caught up in the comparison trap.
I’m always comparing myself to women who run faster or run farther than me. As if somehow their accomplishments discredit mine.
As a blogger, I’m always comparing my “little” blog to other “bigger” blogs. I talked before about struggling with “imposter syndrome” around other bloggers.
As a mother, I’m always comparing myself and my baby to other moms and their babies. Their baby weighs this much – does my baby weigh enough? Their baby eats this – should my baby be eating that?
And then there is the “body after baby” comparisons. We look at celebrities who seemingly have their pre-baby body back about one week after giving birth. All I can say is that I am certain there is a LOT of Spanx involved in making them look that way! It’s just not reality. Trust me.
What is it about us a women that we can’t help but compare ourselves to others?
Even in the workplace – we compare ourselves to other women who are doing more, accomplishing more. We barely have time to put our makeup on in the morning after feeding the baby, yet we struggle with feeling like we don’t measure up.
And maybe we don’t.
And maybe…just maybe…it’s okay.
Maybe it’s enough to be ME. Maybe it’s enough to be YOU.
I have loads of laundry that need to be done. There are dirty dishes sitting in my sink.
And you know what? It’s okay.
Today I am choosing to focus not on how I compare (or don’t measure up) to other women.
Today I am choosing to focus on being the best version of ME that I possibly can be.
Because if I can achieve that, there really is no comparison.