“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”
Time will fuck you up in ways that you will never even realize, if you let it. One of the most insidious ways that time can negatively affect you is in terms of comparison. If you look around and compare where you are and what you are doing in your work, in your practice, in your life to those around you, you’ll fall victim to the mindset that you are not doing enough. That you’ve failed somewhere along the way. That you’ll never catch up.
That’s all a misnomer.
The only way you aren’t doing enough is if you aren’t actively working toward your goals. Failure is a necessary step to success, so yes, fail, and fail often. And as far as catching up? There is no catching up because there isn’t a race. You are your own person that runs on your own time and grows at your own pace. You facilitate growth by stepping out of your comfort zone, but once you’re in the unknown, you’re treading through the unknown as best you can. For you.
You have only this life.
… as far as we know.
And in this one life, this life right now, the one you are living this moment, there is no time or space for comparison. There is only what you want to accomplish. Building a community of like-minded people will help you get there. But in partaking of community, release the desire to compare yourself to others. You have your own trials. You have your own goals. You have your own lessons. And no one can speak to those on their journey in the same way you can speak to them in your own.
So own your space, own your time, own your effort, and let go of comparison. Do the thing you want to work toward and don’t stop because someone you started with has moved on ahead. The time it will take you to arrive doesn’t matter. This is your path, your journey, your life. The time will pass anyway.
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