No, no. Don’t get me wrong. This has nothing to do with Einstein’s theory of relativity. In fact, I don’t even know anything about that famous theory beyond the impeccable formula E=mc2 . One more confession to make. This is also not about relatives, mine or anyone else’s for that matter. As much as I would love to do a wonderful piece on them, the last thing I want is one of them spotting it and calling my mom.
What is this article about then?
Simple. This theory of relativity, or more precisely, relative-ity, is all about the relative comparisons we make in our daily lives. Still incomprehensible? I’ll explain. From country to continents, schools to workplaces, we make different comparisons. Everything in life, be it happiness and satisfaction, or sorrow and disappointment, is relative. Don’t agree with me? Don’t you feel better when your best friends have scored poorer than you in a test even when you yourself have failed it? Do you still feel extremely happy with your brand new Mercedes when you find out that your neighbor has just bought a Lamborghini? That explains it, I guess?
Accept it or not, we all would be 10X happier if only we stop making such comparisons. Live life for yourself. Don’t strive to be better than anyone else. Because you will always find someone who is better than you in different aspects of life. You just cannot be better than someone else in every aspect. The result is, you will waste your entire life striving hard to be better than that person and making comparisons after comparisons which will do no good than wrecking havoc on your self esteem.
Also remember that whenever you are wishing that you were as successful or as tall or better looking than someone, probably somewhere someone else is looking at you and wishing the same. You never know.
There is a saying that goes, “The only person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday”. I can’t agree more. Of course, self-improvement is an absolute necessity in life. But it should be done to outstand your former self, not someone else.