Do you ever have this feeling that no matter how hard you tried, things don’t turn out the way it wants to be. No matter how hard I persevere, practise or work, I will always be the shadow of someone else; I will never get to be the one appreciated or congratulated. I always think that if I’m always going to be casted away; if I’m always going to be the one that ‘only just participated’. What is the point of me working hard?
It’s all because of human’s urge to gain recognition, to reassure our insecure selves that we do have something that we are good at. We always enjoy the things that we are good at, because it makes us feel good. Recognition boosts your self-confidence and it means that you are acknowledged. Why play a video game that is not going to help you in life? Because you are good at it, and it makes you feel happy and important. Importance, the opposite feeling of being invisible, the feeling that you are appreciated and acknowledged, and also having attention from other people.
We get so good at something that we get to the stage where we take pride of it. To the point where other people keeps praising you that you are good at something, so it drives you to think that you are good at it. Therefore, you hate the feeling of failing in that certain hobby, whether it be being good at maths or music. It has become such an important thing in your life, that the feeling of being beaten or shaded will make you feel upset and angry.
However, there are always people that will be better than us. No matter how hard you try, there will always be that one person that is better than you, and it will annoy you so much. You will get frustrated about why can’t you be better than her, you will create this mental competition with that one person that is unnecessary, but you feel like you have to, because the day when you beat he/she, you will feel like you have won. It’s the pride and the reluctance to admit that you are worse, because it is the only thing that defines you; and if you admit that you are worse, that means that you are worth nothing.
Take me for example, I picked up music as a hobby alongside with school and it has developed to the stage where I am at a high level. Music is the only thing that defines me, it is the only thing that I’m remotely good at. However, there is this older girl in my school who is at the same level as me, but just a little bit better. She had fine technique I didn’t have, she had the clean playing style that I didn’t possess. Due to the fact that she was older than me, she had all the performing opportunities, all the praises, recognition and love from the teachers; I was always standing in her shade. Sometimes, I would sit next to her in orchestra and listen to the praises and flowery words that teachers would drop on her, and for some reason, my heart will start to ache a bit. I have worked so hard to achieve what I have, but why do I feel discontented, like I’ve not done enough to prove myself? I will always one step behind her..
Now, I have realised that there will always be someone better than. Whether it be someone who I don’t know or someone that is living in the same environment as me. There will always be a higher mountain to climb. I have realised that she will probably have someone that she looks up to and envies, she will also have someone who is better than her, because she is not the best in the world. And so am I, why should we all aim to be the best and drive ourselves to be recognised for our work? Of course being praised and complimented is a good thing, but what is really the most important is to focus on yourself. You get so distracted from the mental competition that you have created that you lose focus on your own progress. Don’t compare yourself to other people because it will just waste your time just thinking about it, because as I said, there will always be someone better. Just do your best, give your everything, convey your passion and just focus on yourself and just you. At the end of the day, you are your biggest commitment. So when you’ve improved and achieved your goals, give yourself a pat on your back, because you deserve it. 🙂