Stop for a moment. Look at the device and the platform upon which you are reading these words. An unintended (or maybe intended) consequence of our technology is that it instigates comparative competition. We can’t help but size up our own lives in comparison to what we see of others.
“How is her family so picture perfect?”
“Why don’t I look like that?”
“Why haven’t I gotten another degree?”
“I wish I was on the beach in February.”
“Why am I not married yet? Will I ever be?”
Put aside the fact that you are often seeing a constructed reality. Life is generally not as good as the pictures we post.
Your life is a unique creation of God, not a picture. You dare not be a parody of someone else’s curated self. You have shoes that are uniquely your own. Don’t try to fit in someone else’s.
So turn off the screen, put those shoes on, and start walking the distinct life that God has willed only for you.
“Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we can make the picture hang straight on our own wall by telling our neighbor that all his pictures are crooked.” - Fulton Sheen