“Comparison Is the Thief of Joy” This quotation, from Theodore Roosevelt, argues that comparing your work, your life, or whatever else will only serve to make you unhappy.
Comparison is the thief of joy, or the death of joy? Either way, stop comparing.
Once you’ve grown to an age where you’ve got full control of your decisions, you can educate yourself on the futility that comparing brings. Looking through Instagram, Facebook or any paparazzi based “newspaper” or magazine is likely to bring you nothing close to what you’re seeking. Joy. Happiness. Fulfillment. Not what other people either have achieved or wish to project that they have.
It takes a lot for us to be honest with ourselves, even more to be explicitly so. Whether you do or don’t share those facts with the rest of your world is entirely up to you. What you must consider is whether or not examining yourself through a prism of people’s fortunate circumstances or advances or general progressions in life mean.
Nobody has taken your journey or your path. Nobody has hit your roadblocks or detours. Nobody has the richness that is you, what you’ve seen and what you know. That’s why your need to compare what you have or where you are at any age isn’t advantageous. Be proud of what you manage and accomplish, view your triumphs as triumphs. You’ve got crosses to bear as does the other guy, but all you can see is his new toys. Stop that. There’s no truer quote than, “Comparison is the thief of joy” because it truly is. There will always be people who do things or acquire things before you and those that you will before. Only value your own life in your own life. You’ll feel much better for that.