Competition is healthy when the participants can be reduced to a number.
For example, the status of a business can be defined by numbers such as revenues, market share, and profits. Or in competitive sports, the health of a team can be defined by numbers such as games won and games lost.
Numbers are a necessity for survival of businesses and sports teams. If they don’t know how others are doing, they’ll probably get left behind.
Here’s the thing: our lives cannot be reduced to numbers. There is no number that can capture or define who we are, what we do, what we are worth. There is no number that can define our past experiences, our present situation, and our future potential.
- The amount of money in the bank is just an enabler of lives, not a full definition.
- The number of kids and grandkids does not say who you are as a person.
- The number of social media followers is not an indicator of respect.
Our lives cannot be reduced to numbers.
And if our lives cannot be reduced to numbers – then there is no point in having our lives compete with other people’s lives. Comparison with others is useless.
We are not in competition with one another. You have your purpose and I have mine. You have your own journey and others have theirs.
There is no need to compare your life with the life of your friends, siblings, acquaintances, and parents.
So stop comparing your life to others. Try it – it’s liberating. You are unique – not someone who can be reduced to a number.