Compare to create something. Create your own path; create your own life- a better and satisfying life and a better version of ourselves.– Puja Joshi
Comparison has always been a part of our life. From the day we are born in this world as a human being, we are compared. As an infant, from the day of our birth, we have been compared with others, generally regarding weight, height, and many other criteria. As we grow up teachers compare students with each other, parents compare their child with others.
There seems to be no hesitation and feeling of guilt for the parents, teachers, and relatives while doing so. We grow up more and thus we are compared in every department we choose to go to. This tradition does not stop till our death. So, life goes on and so does the comparison tradition.
Comparison: A part of our culture
The culture of comparison has been a portion of our day to day activities. We feel like we are second to none. By and large, we believe we can maintain values, achieve goals, and maintain a normal life if we compare. As human beings, we always strive for the best, so for that, we start comparing and try to be the best among all.
Generally, comparing starts when we fear that we would be judged by society. Other’s values and opinions matter to us so much that we sacrifice our true selves. We want to become that person with whom other people are compared to. We want to be an example for others. And with this feeling starts an endless cycle of comparing. The feeling that every other individual is in a class of their own makes us lament over our own progress. This can be too intimidating for us to frequently question our own abilities while not being able to cross that so-called “par excellence”.
Bright Side of Comparison
However, the comparison is not entirely bad. Like every single thing in the world, it has a positive side of the coin with positive aspects. In today’s world of extrinsic motivation, we can not deny the fact that when compared to others, it motivates us to become a better version of ourselves. It thrusts us to endeavor for more and not settle for less. We want to explore ourselves to become better than what we are today.
As we all are egoistic, we want to be the best of all. Our attempt to be impeccable, incomparable, and appreciated by people is not mere energy. Winning makes us the person with whom others compare to. Comparing inspires us to go beyond what we are doing in the present.
Comparing helps us to perform better and to focus on our target and achieve it. Comparing is like a medicine, it should be taken in a limited amount. If you start to compare in every domain, you will start to lose your peace of mind and your identity.
Overview on Comparison
What we believe is, comparing is needed for a better life. Wherever we are, whatever we become we never stop comparing ourselves with people around us. The fear of being behind, not being able to walk along the rest of the world compels us to compare with others. The main cause is the insecurity which we have in our hearts, forces us to compare ourselves with others.
Let’s compare but compare for a good cause. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Compare to be motivated and motivate others. Do not compare to put someone down. But while we compare, we must keep in mind “You can be anything, but you can not be everything.” Compare to create something. Create your own path; create your own life- a better and satisfying life and a better version of ourselves.
Gautam, B. (2019). Comparison. In SDCERA (p. 49). Shanker Dev Campus