Envy is an unfortunate facet of human nature, and it’s an emotion we often turn to, ironically, for solace.
Maybe you learned this when you were a kid, or in college, or while you were hustling at your first job: it’s really, really, really easy to be jealous of somebody else’s success. It sucks, but it's easy. Maybe it’s a friend, or a colleague, or a classmate. I know you don’t want to admit it, but we've all been there, right?
It’s easy to look at yourself and decide that who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and everything you’re striving towards isn't enough.
It’s even easier to compare yourself to your object of envy. Comparing your job, comparing your success, your grades, comparing and comparing and comparing yourself to other people. It’s a slippery slope, and like everything else about negativity, it’s easy to slip.
But we really shouldn’t worry ourselves too much.
In a recent Instagram post, Broadway legend Lea Salonga reminded us all that each person works in their own time zone, running their own race, at their own time. With a short but incredibly inspiring quote, she reminded us that life is about waiting for your own day in the sun, not being blinded by another person’s light.
“You’re not late, you’re not early, you’re on time,” says the quote.
So why don’t you go ahead and tell that voice in your head saying you’re not good enough, or successful enough, to shut up. And just wait. Let go of all your negativity and wait for the right opportunity to come along where you can prove your salt, to yourself and to others.
Let go of envy and it will let go of you.