While grocery shopping the other day I realized a slew of tabloids surrounding me upon checkout. I literally became sick to my stomach with how awful the images were along with the commentary. The blatant message on the majority of them were glorification of celebrities, a specific body image, and high consumption of superficial purchases. I don’t believe that any of this is ultimately bad. However when there are 8 magazines on the shelf all conveying the same message, I can assure you that there’s a hidden agenda behind it all. I began wondering why weren’t there more variety? As there are over 7 billion people living on this planet with various interest. I thought to myself there has to be at least one person with totally different interest (someone that wasn’t interested in being a size 2, having chiseled abs or the most elaborate 54 room mansion that only 2 people and 1 dog live in) to appeal to. While I was pondering the message behind the advertisements, I realized the connection and how the are linked to an individual’s self-worth.
Because of what we are fed today through media, and our surroundings it’s easy to loose ourselves in a game of comparison. Just the other day I was shopping with a friend and she mentioned she wanted to do something out of character that could gain her millions of dollars (just because that seems to be the trend in the media nowadays). While I knew she meant it as a joke, there are many individuals that fall prey to comparing themselves to others each second- risking their unique individuality.
I want everyone to read closely “comparing yourself to another gives your energy away”. This same energy can be used towards cultivating the greater you. When you compare yourself you are playing a dangerous game because you can never measure yourself against another individual. The only person you can compare yourself to is the person you are today to the person you were yesterday –this is realistic. And this is the individual that the world is waiting for. Today as the world is rapidly changing, and there is little time spent in solitude; loving and learning who you are should be as vital to you as breathing. While it is easy to fantasize about someone else life and possessions (current message in society) DON"T. We have to stop and realize that admiration is okay but being yourself is way better than idealizing a false representation of someone else. No one has a perfect life! Enjoy yours love the person you are and don’t be swayed by the outside forces. Continue to think highly of yourself, much gratitude.