Apples & Oranges

Okay so if you’re anything like me you overthink e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. I can hardly decide what font to use in this blog, let alone make bigger decisions like what classes to take next semester or what I want to do when I graduate. For the most part, my stress is self inflicted and such an unhealthy habit; stressing about things that haven’t happened yet or worrying yourself sick about hypothetical outcomes. Filling your mind up with negative thoughts and running your brain ragged leaves no room for enjoying yourself. There’s being critical and then there’s being too hard on yourself. It’s a very fine line and can be the difference between just getting by each day or embracing each day for what it’s worth. With such busy schedules and hundreds of people running around you each day it can be difficult to take a second to breathe or appreciate your surroundings, but it can make a world of difference.

A huge struggle of mine is constantly looking at others behaviors and feeling guilty because I’m not “working as hard”, not keeping myself just as busy as they are, not making decisions that they’re making. This practice has brought me to some pretty anxiety-filled days and for what reason? Every person is dealing with their own issues and their own stress. You’re an apple and their an orange- they are not you. NO ONE is exempt from these basic emotions so judging someone’s life by a quick snippet you see of their day is not representative of what their life is like. Perspective is relative. What matters is how you feel because at the end of the day- you are you and all those people we compare ourselves to are not a part of that equation. So next time you feel put down by that girl running 3 times faster than you on the treadmill over or that classmate tells you they’ve finished their assignment that isn’t due for 2 weeks take a deep breath. Listen to your body and your mind and make decisions based off those emotions not those pesky feelings that are evoked by those around you.

~Caleigh

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