The Thief of Joy

Comparison is the thief of joy, and I want to be joyful!

When I hear or read Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” I automatically follow it with, “and I want to be joyful!” Aside from the fact that I want to be joyful, why is that? Well, an awesome woman who worked at an eating disorder treatment program I was in frequently exclaimed that rendition of Roosevelt’s quote… and it resonated with me.

Comparison is a prominent struggle in today’s society, and it is one I especially find myself currently facing concerning accomplishment.

As a result of my eating disorder growing incredibly strong and spending many years seeking intensive professional help to claim my life back from it, I am very far off track from accomplishing all that I intended by age 27. Comparison likes to find its way into my mind and highlight the accomplishments of others against my lack of desired accomplishment. What can I do with that? I can choose to buy into the comparison and dwell in a state of feeling like a failure, or I can choose to embrace where I am at in my life, allow myself to connect with gratitude for all I have, and take a step back to really examine what accomplishment means beyond the definitions and timelines society constructed surrounding it.

My message to comparison is: BACK OFF!

Continuing to fight for full recovery is what I need to prioritize, and the rest will fall into place. I need to be patient. I am exactly where I am meant to be and I have a whole lot to be grateful for.