Comparison is the thief of joy

Note to future self…

There’s this wonderful quote that’s attributed to Theodore Roosevelt:

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

It’s wonderful because it’s so succinct and so accurate. Today I hit a huge personal milestone but another friend also hit a personal milestone, which I also want to achieve and might be interpreted as a bigger milestone. His milestone is something that I’ve also wanted for a while.

Although I have no doubt in my mind that I will also achieve this milestone and I am genuinely happy for this guy, today I felt a little disappointed in myself when I heard the news. It wasn’t jealousy. I was just disappointed in myself that I still haven’t achieved that milestone. However, I quickly realized what was going on and I remembered this quote:

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

Today was a tremendous event in my life and I should focus on that. I am on race against myself and nobody else.

Focus.

Now back to work…