One of my best and worst traits is my constant need to better myself. I work as hard as I can in everything I do, I like challenges and pushing myself further, I keep wanting to do more, to be more than I am. Whilst this can be an incredibly positive trait, it’s also quite damaging at times, because nothing is ever good enough.
I am surrounded by incredible people doing incredible things. Bloggers and online personalities are flourishing whilst helping charities and starting movements. I see friends of mine bagging impressive internships and dream jobs and getting the highest grades possible. I don’t experience jealousy anymore. In fact, I’m probably the biggest hype girl you’ll ever meet, whether I know the person personally or not. Yet, I can’t help but feel a little discontent with my own progress from time to time.
I know that I’m doing more than the bare minimum. However, every so often I still feel like I’m not good enough. I haven’t made a massive impact or helped anyone in a significant way. Yes, I have this space on the internet that has grown more than I could ever imagine, but I still don’t feel like I’m doing enough with it. I am so unbelievably grateful for the progress that I’ve made since I started my blog. My all time goal was to have 100 followers and yet here I am with 3800! It’s insane and to think that I built this myself and stuck with it. I’m proud of myself, but there’s this tiny voice in my head that tells me that I still haven’t done anything worthwhile. There are people out there doing things that could change the world someday. I’m so incredibly proud of them, but wow I feel inadequate in comparison. Will this ever be enough?
The good thing is, I can recognise that these thoughts are both destructive, and more importantly, temporary. Yes, sometimes I feel like I’m not good enough, but other times I’m ridiculously proud of what I’ve achieved. These amazing individuals shouldn’t make me feel bad, but rather help fuel my motivation. And so, most of the time that is what I make them.
I’m aware of my journey, and I’m aware that I’m nowhere near the end of it yet. What I must remember it that, whether I’m satisfied with where I am or not, I got somewhere, and that is pretty impressive.
Wanting to improve is nothing to be ashamed of. However, you also need to be able to look at the progress that you’ve made and appreciate your growth. Therefore, that is what I’m focusing on at the moment.
Hope you enjoyed this, it’s something that’s been stuck in my head for a while and needed to be verbalised. As always, let me know what you think in the comments.
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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