Look around. Do you feel like people are happier, more successful, or living a better life than you? Happiness can’t be measured by the number of selfies posted to Instagram or how many people are squished into a photo. Success, believe it or not, isn’t (or at least shouldn’t be) measured by a paycheck. And living a better life shouldn’t amount to how many American Apparel jeans they own.
You want to know why? Because it’s entirely possible to feel alone in a crowded room even if a photo paints a different picture. Because money doesn’t fill the void that makes you feel full of life. It doesn’t replace what culture, character, and laughter create – that sense of self and of appreciation. Success, for some, is a paycheck and there’s nothing wrong with that by any means.
Always remember that you have the biggest impact on how you feel. Don’t let someone’s highlight reel have a negative impact on the unedited version of your life that I’m sure you’re secretly comparing it to. And I know because I’ve done it.
BE YOU, whoever that may be, and don’t apologize for that.