“Never let anyone dull your sparkle”

A friend of mine uses this catchphrase all the time. And as of late, it’s really been starting to hit home for me.

With all the talk about millennials in the workplace, it’s tough to not get bogged down on what everyone is saying. The holidays sure don’t help with this- how many times do I need to attempt to explain to that aunt I see once a year that, yes, my job is legitimate. Yes, I competently live on my own. No, I am not engaged yet.

It doesn’t take much for me to hit a wall with these types of comments. I try to keep a positive outlook, but sometimes it’s hard when I feel like everyone around me is achieving such great things, but I’m still here where I’ve been for the last few years. 

Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not.

I read a post today that begs the following advice: don’t compare yourself to others.

And it was a nice refresher to hear as I was dealing with some things today.

Why should I constantly be comparing myself to other people? That person might have one great thing happening right at this specific moment, but that doesn’t mean that have everything else together.

Sometimes I need to remind myself how lucky I am. Do I always have it all together? Never. I can’t remember one day when I checked off every single thing on my list, or when I wasn’t scrounging up all my loose change to get by.

And it’s times like that that I need to remember these tiny bits of advice. Don’t compare yourself to others. Never let anyone dull your sparkle.

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