• Maria Sebastian

The False Inverse Proportionality of Another's Success and Your Incapability

It's absolutely alright to not have your life figured out, contrary to what most Asian parents say.


However when one starts using that as an excuse to do pretty much nothing, it scares me.


I sometimes wonder if I am missing some major point when people around me take life a bit too lightly.


Often the thought that we have one life on earth and will probably cease to exist after some years scares me. And motivates me.


I'm not one to dwell too much on the unknown. Unlike most moody teenagers I neither found Death fascinating nor scary.


It was just an inevitability.


I sometimes wonder if I'm excluded from a larger joke that many people I meet seem to know.




Why do people laugh at others who are trying to do something they love? Especially when they do nothing of their own.


Maybe it's because often results are hard to see, especially in the beginning.

Maybe it's because effort and success looks different to different people.


Sometimes one puts in 10 hours worth of effort into something and then finds out that there is no tangible proof to show as the physical result for that effort.


I suppose this is why most people fail to realize how much something means to another person. The blood, the sweat, the tears.


I've always found it incredibly fascinating that people take others drive to achieve something and their successes as a personal slight.


Why do we feel that way?


As if some person achieving their dream is somehow a remark on your incapability.


Why not just appreciate the other person?


Everyone is susceptible to envy and jealousy, yet I think these are emotions that one can overcome with the right mindset.


Imagine how much better this world would be if people were actually happy for others' successes.




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