Everyday we’re given the option to either compete against ourselves or with conformity. Adverts constantly remind as that unless we buy their products or services we’re likely to fall behind in whatever social standard society requires, but shouldn’t we be the ones who decide which races are worth entering?
When I was younger I used to think that the clothes I wore or the way I looked decided whether or not people would like me. I used to dream of having the car that society deemed successful. I used to go to the clubs and drink myself silly as if it was some sort of feat of endurance. All these false assumptions were created because I was too busy competing with conformity rather than being brave enough to compete against myself.
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy
Most people compete within societies games because they’re afraid of their own potential. It’s much easier to be a loser with thousands of others rather than holding yourself accountable to number one. If you’re always trying to keep up with the Joneses you’ll never be happy, because somebody else controls your finish line.
“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown
When you realise you’ve been spending your time running someone else’s race it hurts, but now is your chance to stop. You are your biggest challenge, so just have fun pushing your own personal limits.