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Life Is One Big Competition. Thanks, Instagram.

By November 24, 2015 0

Have you ever been so caught up in wanting to be better than somebody else that it’s literally all you can think about? That it eats at you all day long, occupying space in your brain that could be used for something — anything — better? That it turns you into a one-track thinker, focused solely on finding somebody else’s weaknesses so you can prove something?

That, my friends, is competition, and it can destroy you.

Competition goes way back to Darwin’s theory of “Survival of the Fittest,” in which only the strong survive.

I hate to break it to you, Darwin, but the world isn’t a jungle anymore and I’m pretty sure every single one of us will get on just fine.

All people strive to be the best they possibly can be and sometimes it can be taken out of context. To be the best, one must be superior to the rest and that’s not always the case. If you want to succeed and improve, be better than what you were, not somebody else.

Wasting time on competing with other people can take a lot of energy out of you. Instead of focusing on you, you end up focusing on someone else; worrying about what they do, what they wear, how they act and going one step further to please yourself.

Competition has raised the stakes thanks to our social media platforms. MySpace made us choose who our Top 8 were, Facebook made us see how many friends we could add and Instagram forced us to exceed the next person’s amount of likes. It’s all based on a popularity contest and only the strongest come out on top.

Inevitably, our social atmosphere became one big heap of “I’m-better-than-you” scenarios one after the other, making many worried about how others saw them.

If we begin to eliminate the concept of rivalry and spread a sense of inspiration onto the others and maybe we could one day slow down the pressures of society and build a more supportive environment for everyone.

We must stop thinking so childishly, empower one another, create together, and encourage our peers.