Inside: My unconventional answer to the question, “How to stop comparing yourself to others.” As well as tips for you to avoid the comparison trap.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt
We all know that comparison is a dangerous game, yet it feels like one most of us can not get away from.
Having any chronic illness is not easy.
Add in guilt, insecurity and a stubborn view and it can be downright brutal on your psyche.
For a while, I was the only person I knew with the same autoimmune disease as I had. Then I met a few other people that were living a whole lot more life (at least that what was it seemed to me) than I was that also had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I remember being baffled at the fact that we were so different.
The comparison trap really got me when I met a specific person. Now it wasn’t just one or two people, it was three. This final person just put me over the edge and to the comparison trap I went.
That person just seemed so energetic and together. Fit and traveling for work.
It was like a giant spotlight onto all of my insecurities.
It didn’t help that I met this person at my lowest of lows.
Mind you- I did all the comparing here. This person never once compared our differences or hinted that I was less than in some way. I simply found out that we had the same disease as a simple form of connection.
For months, I wondered if I was:
Making it all up in my head.
Being over dramatic.