What we don’t see
When we look at famous actors, we don’t see all their failed auditions.
When we look at pro athletes, we don’t see the other 99% who didn’t make it to the big leagues.
When we look at a successful person, we see their highlight reel; we don’t see their embarrassing moments, their doubts, or their anxieties.
We often compare our insides to other people’s outsides. But we’re all terrified one way or another.
We want to live fulfilling lives and feel we’re spending our time well. We want to feel loved, feel important, and feel supported. This is true regardless of our occupation, geographical location, or income.
For years, I thought everyone around me had their shit figured out and I was the only person on the planet who was clueless. Then I got curious about people.
All it takes is asking someone a few questions to realize: None of us have figured out life. We’re all just winging it and are doing our best.
Don’t look to a person’s social media page to see how they’re doing. Look at their current fears and stresses. That will paint the real picture.