Can you name one thing you’ve become better at with age? I am quick to come up with a list of things I don’t do as well as I did when I was younger, but what about the reverse?
Certainly, my keyboarding speed is much faster than when I was younger. I remember sitting in a corner of my room when I was an older teenager, typing away on our electric Brother typewriter, and listening to the William Tell Overture on cassette. As the music got faster, so did my typing.
At the time, I had a part-time off-the-books job transcribing articles for a foreign-born woman from her handwriting to something she could share with her colleagues. I can’t remember what she paid me, but I do remember her name and her heavy Slavic accent.
Wow, the things that come back to you when you’re thinking about aging.
We don’t need to constantly compare ourselves to others. Do we matter more than other people matter? Amy Rees Anderson states: “People can spend their entire lives trying to determine where they stack on the proverbial totem pole of the human race, however, those who do will one day be sorely disappointed to find out that there was no ranking measurement against anyone else at all. There was only the assessment of how their life measured up to their own personal potential.” So true.
Attempting to figure how we are doing in comparison to someone else will never lead to an accurate evaluation because no two people are ever exactly alike. We come from different backgrounds. We possess different talents. We have different strengths and weaknesses. So how then would it ever be a fair assessment to hold ourselves and any other person to the exact same measuring stick?
Bill Gates: “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”
It is often said that “If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.” We have to remind ourselves daily that our goal isn’t to be better than anyone else. Our ultimate goal is to be better today than we were yesterday, and have a plan in place to help us become even better tomorrow.
How do you compare the you of today to the you of yesterday?