Health & Wellness Life

You Vs. Who?

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I was Cycling this morning and I noticed another cyclist about half a kilometer ahead. I could guess he was Cycling a little slower than me and that made me feel good, since I was faster.

I said to myself, “If I ride a little faster, I will catch up with him in no time”.

So I started cycling faster and faster. With every pedal, I was gaining on him a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 feet behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. In that moment, all I could think about was getting past him and I was determined to do just that.

Finally, I did it! I caught up and passed him. It was a small moment of rush and joy where I told myself, “I beat him”. Of course, he didn’t even know we were racing. It was only after I passed him, that I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed the turn to my house!!!

In this entire unnecessary charade going on in my head, I totally missed out on enjoying the moment. I missed out on enjoying the activity that brought me peace, I missed out on seeing the beautiful greenery around, I missed out on paying attention to my thoughts and in the needless hurry my feet slipped from the pedal a couple of times and I could have have hit the sidewalk and broken a limb.

Like a lot of my other thoughts that I’ve penned on this page before, it then dawned on me, that this is exactly what happens in life when we focus on competing with people around us ; co-workers, neighbours, friends, family ; trying to outdo them or being busy trying to prove (to ourselves and people around us) that we are more successful or more important and in the process, missing out on our happiness within our own surroundings.

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We spend so much time and energy running after them that we miss out on our own paths to our given destinations. The problem, I realised, with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never ending cycle. There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, a nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, better circumstances and conditions, etc.

But one important realisation is that

‘You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone.’

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Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving, what others are talking. Take whatever you have, the height, the weight and the personality. Accept it and realize, that you are blessed (Ofcourse, there’s always scope for growth and one should never stop working hard to be where they want to be). But accept it, be grateful for it and stay focused and live a healthy life.

There is no competition in Destiny. Each has his own.

Comparison AND Competition are the thief of JOY.

It kills the Joy of Living your Own Life. Run your own Race, one which leads to a peaceful, happy and steady life. Seek adventure if it suits you, seek competition if it brings out the best in you, but don’t let it pull you down or rob you of your joy or self-love.

I hope you find this helpful or atleast it provokes your thinking engines. Until next time!

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136 comments

  1. I disagree, as lazy people and low achievers will use this post and similar post as an example to justify their lack of competitiveness and effort to improve themselves. Sure enjoying yourself is good and all and I totally support that, but at the same time competitiveness IS NECESSARY. It is what DRIVES US what pushes us and what keeps the human race moving forward

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  2. What if you compete against yourself, is it okay to compete then? what about healthy competition, is there such a thing? as I think about these questions, I have to wonder if the problem isn’t so much comparison and competition but rather how you’re doing those things and whether or not it takes away from what you really want to be doing. I think some people really do want to compete and find joy in that and that it can be healthy. It’s not so black and white though.

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    1. Competition is always a good thing, since it brings out the better in us, and competing with ourselves is always better than competing with someone else in my opinion.

      However, it cannot be the only thing we do, that’s all I’m trying to say. At times, it’s better to take a step back and just cherish and enjoy all the we have and all that we are!

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  3. I believe competing with oneself moves us forward if the competition doesn’t become too self critical. I find that I often need a swift kick in the ass to get going. Once momentum is initiated, then I can put it on cruise control.

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