How can people compete with us when they don’t even COMPARE TO US??!?
That’s a cocky thing to say I know, but it’s true. Most people haven’t (and probably couldn’t) walked a mile in your shoes yet they think seem to think they can contend or have what it takes to do what you do and be who you are.
DO THEY KNOW WHAT IT TAKES OR WHAT IT TOOK TO BE WHERE YOU ARE?? Do they know the pain, the sacrifice, the losses, the lessons, the ridicule, the struggles, the setbacks you’ve gone through? Could they handle it? How dare they think we are the same!!
The nerve of folks.
Now don’t get me wrong. There ARE people out there doing great things just as we are. But if ANYONE feels the need to even attempt to validate their existence by belittling yours then Houston…WE HAVE A PROBLEM. How can they compete when they can’t even compare? That single act of hating (YES it’s hating…there is never a good reason to put anyone down to lift yourself up. That’s hate hate hate hate hate) immediately puts them in the minor leagues and they will never be major unless they learn to embrace where they are and respect the space and success of others.
Some of us have earned the right to talk how we talk and walk where we walk, justified by the work we have put in and the things we have endured. We are in competition with no one but ourselves, and that rivalry is between us and the person we were yesterday! We are out to beat our old selves. That’s it!
NOT ANYONE ELSE.