One person may have mounds of debt but a good, steady paying job, while someone else might have no debt but a low paying job or unsteady freelance work (cough cough).
One person may live in a big house, but it almost feels lonely, while another may live in a small house that is too cramped.
The thing is, it’s not always easy to know what another person’s struggle may be just by looking at them.
It’s very easy to get judgmental about what someone else is doing with their life, isn’t it? I know I do, and so does every well meaning human on the planet. It’s just hard not to sometimes.
But we are all doing the best we can.
The other day I was out on one of my 1/2 marathon training runs. I could feel the presence of another person starting to creep up behind me. Mind you, I’m only on week 2 of switching from sand running to pavement, but I know my pace improved from week 1 to week 2.
All of a sudden a women wearing bright pink starts out-pacing me. The funny thing is she looked like she was running slow and I felt like I was running fast, so I just didn’t get it. I started to get mad and tried to keep up with her, but every time I did she just went faster. OK this is bullshit! 🙂
We did this little song and dance for about two miles. At the end of my 35 minute run she was well ahead of me and kept going. I was huffing and puffing. But…my pace was the best ever.
I think a lot of times in life we feel that way, don’t we? We just “catch up” to everyone else, then life throws us curve balls, which make us fall behind. Or we always feel like we are a million paces behind the next person, running our little tushy’s off to try and catch up.
But what we often times don’t give ourselves credit for, is actually putting one foot in front of the other, and moving forward. Sometimes our pace is slower, and sometimes it’s faster. But we are always moving forward…doing the best we can.
The thing is about that other woman I was trying to catch, she might have been behind someone else. Or maybe that was her best run ever. Or maybe she overcame something tragic in her life to be able to finally run again. Maybe she was doing the best SHE could.
So I urge you to try and remember that whenever you get frustrated by life. Your money situation. Your debt. Just keep moving forward, and do the best you can.
Have a good weekend everyone? What are you up to?