So, today was one of those days; you know, the ones where it seems like you just can't win? It was a day where everything I tried ended in embarrassment or failure or ... it was just plain not good enough. It was a day where I felt second-best at everything.
The customary response to give after hearing someone complain about a day like this is the age-old advice: "There will always be someone better than you at everything." When I was little, I found this saying to be incredibly depressing. This is because, when taken literally, the saying means that no matter how hard anyone works at something, there'll still always be someone that's better at whatever that something is. ...That's just disheartening.
But, of course, the saying isn't meant to be interpreted that way. It's meant as a reminder not to compare yourself with anyone else. We are our own worst critics after all. The people who seems better at our talent of choice could actually think that they aren't as good as we are. And what does any of that amount to anyway? ...just a bunch of people unhappily comparing themselves with everyone else.
Today, though, I forgot this advice. I let myself compete with others and compared my accomplishments with theirs. I actually didn't even realize that this was the reason my day was going so badly until just a few moments ago. For me, today served as yet another reminder to be happy for the accomplishments of others, but to also be proud of and not belittle my own.