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.
Here are some other bloggers doing the best they can!
Melanie from Dear Debt is a self-proclaimed recovering pessimist, and wants to Practice that Attitude of Gratitude.
Brian from Luke1428 talks about overcoming obstacles to finish what you start: 4 Ways to Punch Through the Scary Questions at the Start.
Laurie from The Frugal Farmer posted on Frugal Rules this week, about getting past some money lessons she learned from childhood: What My Mom Taught Me About Personal Finance.
Shannon from The Heavy Purse shows us How to Flip the Switch and Develop a Budget Mindset.
Lisa from Lisa Vs. The Loans is trying to get healthier slowly but surely: Lisa Vs. the Lbs. – Two Steps in the Right Direction.
Travis from Enemy of Debt is on a mission! Want to join him? Challenge Accepted!
Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That is signed up for the same 1/2 marathon as me! Half-Marathon and November/2014 Goals.
Eva from Girl Counting Pennies guest blogs on Girl Meets Debt: Debt Confessions: Eva’s Story.
Stefanie from The Broke and Beautiful Life talks about her experience running her first marathon! My First Marathon: NYC 2013 Congrats Stefanie!
Have a good weekend everyone? What are you up to?