"One of these things is not like the other. Which one is it? Do you know?"
We learn early on to compare and contrast things in our physical world. And, somewhere along the line, we begin to compare people. Then, eventually, ourselves. I've been thinking a lot about this lately. In general, we look to others, to comparisons, to define who we are. Am I prettier or uglier? Fatter or skinnier? Talented? Intelligent? Capable? Spiritual? I fell into this trap when I went to BYU. In Texas I was a big fish in a small pond. At BYU I was a little fish in a massive sea of talented, smart, spiritual, amazing over achievers. I compared myself to my peers. And, according to my measurements, I was mediocre. It's funny though. If you look at what it takes to get into BYU I should have thought of myself as the cream of society. Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting down other colleges. But, people really have to work hard to get into BYU. These people are not the slackers. It really is okay to be mediocre cream.
I am getting better. What matters is if I am learning and growing. The only person we should compare ourselves to is our own self.
Love yourself. Dare to be unique.