For the past several weeks, I’ve been struggling with both recognizing and owning my own failure. Before sharing this with some friends, I found that I was more sensitive to successes of others – seeing others’ success as a comparison against my current situation, which then only heightened the growing sense of “lack” that I felt.
I’m being open about this for two reasons. 1. I don’t think the world authentically shares their failures in the moment. 2. Even if privately, I want to encourage you to share your struggles and failures with those you trust.
Once I shared with my circle, I found that they were able to help me process what was happening and ensure that I was separating what I’m facing from my identity. And, as a result of “shedding light on this truth”, the angst I felt when seeing and hearing about the success of others began to evaporate.