Text by Gemma Carine, Illustration by Andrea Sanchez
“We’re caught in a paradox of striving to be better against never being good enough.”
These days there are so many obstacles that prevent us from being proud of ourselves; we’re caught in a paradox of striving to be better against never being good enough. At our happiest, during our greatest achievements, we feel constant pressure to compare all that we are and all that we have to what everyone else has. And it occurs to me, there is a gravity hovering over the accomplishments of others. This magnet attracts accolades greedily, pulling them away only to be devoured in the face of gratification. A silent monster that eats away until there is nothing left, as though the success of others somehow diminishes our own.We’re led to believe this in an effort to make us push harder for a win but it’s just led to people becoming damaged, unable to feel fulfilment. We strive to be better and enhance our skill in order to eliminate our competition, we’ve stopped taking time to appreciate what we discover or create and think about what that means to us. Instead we choose to focus on the feelings of emptiness brought forth by the ignorance of not acknowledging what we’ve achieved and this can be too overwhelming. This deprivation spreads, making us question what we had in the first place and if it’s still worth pursuing.
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