I’ve been thinking recently about identity… having read Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis… you can check out the post I wrote about it here.
Over the weekend, I came across a quote from Kurt Cobain that I hadn’t seen for a while:
How often do we spend our lives trying to emulate someone else, whether it’s like some famous celebrity in a magazine or someone in our family, or someone social Media tells us we should be like?
Comparison is the thief of joy, especially with the rise of social media, we see people’s Facebook page or grid on Instagram and think how great their life is and it’s so easy to get caught up in a cycle of comparing ourselves to others and trying to be like them… but this deprives the world of seeing who we are and the unique thing that we bring to the table… greatness we have to offer.
Bob Goff wisely puts it like this:
Do you know what your purpose in life is? It’s a challenging question… one I often struggle with (particularly on Mondays when my alarm goes off and I’m in a job that is ok, but not the dream)…
It would be easy at this point to compare myself to family and friends who have had their career planned since school or graduating university, are married with kids and have amazing houses (and sometimes I do… I’m human after all) but that’s their life and not mine… and their lives have certainly not been easy either. Nobody’s ever is. We all face our own battles and seeing a filtered snapshot on social media isn’t always an accurate reflection of what life is really like for most people.
If you haven’t seen the Greatest Showman yet (have you been living under a rock?!) it’s amazing! I’m sure you’ll have heard some of the songs… I won’t give too much away, but a lot of the film is to do with the characters letting go of comparison, accepting and embracing their true identity despite their flaws (as perceived by society)… the song This Is Me says it all… It’s one of my faves!
Hope you enjoy this song (and film) as much as I do! If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth a watch.