Have you ever looked at someone else & go…”Man, I wish I had their *fill in the blank*”. We’re all guilty of it. At some point in our lives, we’ve felt envious of others, whether they were someone around us or a celebrity that was shining on our TV screen. Envy is defined as “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.” The important thing is to be able to overcome that envy and not let it fester to turn into jealousy. A little envy now and then could be a good way to jump start yourself & go after the things that you want. Of course, it could also become a dangerous bomb that will turn into self-pity, feelings of discontent & an excuse to put other people down, vindictively.
Don’t let your envy destroy you.
I’ve felt envious of others in my life. When I was in middle school, I was always a little envious of the girls with pretty long & straight hair. I had short hair back then and I thought that I could never be pretty unless I had hair like them. I got over it in high school and stopped caring about it. Funny how when you stop caring about something insignificant, life grants it for you.
I used to feel envy towards my peers who seemed to have a “normal” life, the ones who didn’t have to deal with being treated like 12 while having the burden of a grown up. I wanted to be carefree like them and how I envied their simple lives…then I realized…that’s all it is. Simple. My life may not be the easiest or the most “normal” but who I am today is a result of the struggles that I’ve endured since I was a little girl. If I had a “normal” life, would I be as determined & headstrong? Probably not.
I used to want to be taller. Why couldn’t I have the skinny, lean legs some of the girls in my class? I always felt short but as I grew older, I realized that, thanks to my not so tall, normal length legs, I can wear heels without feeling awkward.
It’s funny because all those people that I envied are now the ones who are trying to put their lives together & some of them envy me. I’ve figured out some of the reasons people put ME down & it is because they envy me.
Funny how things work out.
Do you feel envy towards others? In your life or ‘famous’? Has there ever been anything that you envied and once you got it, you saw that it really wasn’t worth all the glitter? How do you feel about envy in general?