In school you are grouped together with people your own age, but after school your peer group becomes more varied. I can best relate that change in my life to my Yoga Teacher Training. There were ten women in the training and we were all at different parts in our lives; there were working professionals, recently empty-nesters, women going back to school full time, cancer survivors, moms, and ME. I was the youngest in the class by about 8 years and had the least amount of experience in yoga. I had only started yoga a few years before I did teacher training so one of the biggest lessons I learn from teacher training was to not compare my body and abilities to the other students who had been practicing for much longer than I had.
I was in a different chapter in my life than the rest of my peers were but our paths were crossing. As I've begun to develop my teaching career I've found myself comparing where I am as a teacher to other teachers. I am constantly reminding myself that I've only been teaching for a year and there is no way for me to know where their path took them to get where they are.
I saw this image online a few weeks ago and it's become my mantra when I find myself thinking "Wow, that teacher has a lot of fans on their facebook page. I should be able to have that many." Or "How on earth can these teachers afford all the training they've done?" I remind myself that I am on a different chapter in my life and in my career and there is no expectation that I should be where they are when they are farther along in their book.
In my classes I frequently tell my students to not compare, what their body can do, to the people around them and I need to start listening to my own advice. I working on applying the reminder I give my students to my own life and career.
"Don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20."
Question of the Day: What part of your life do you most frequently compare to others?