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It has happened to most of us at one time or another. We see someone who is better than us and feel insecure about our own selves. We are not good enough, we think.

It could be someone who churns out yummy dishes that we can never hope to replicate. Or a person who gets up on stage and keeps the audience mesmerized with witticisms, the one who sings beautifully or dances with an agility and abandon you can never hope to achieve.

It could be a someone who has a flair for taking amazing pictures. Or one who travels a lot while you are stuck in your hellhole of an existence, same place, same faces, same food, same routine.  They could well have a super-computer like brain to solve math problems or puzzles while you count on your fingers (or ask silly questions of friends like how many zeroes a million has). May be they run marathons while you huff and puff going up even the slightest of elevations.

Their silky hair might make you rue your rough and frizzy mop. Maybe they could build, draw, paint, while all you can do is stare open-mouthed at their creations. Perhaps they could write better than you, their language impeccable and free-flowing, their creativity and talent astounding you so much that all you can think of after reading them is to hurry up and quickly bury your own writings where no soul can ever find it.

That last one. The one about writing. Yes. That was the way I felt (still do at times) when as a new blogger I came across some really awesome writing from other bloggers. I told myself then (and I remind myself every now and then in the present), I will be who I am no matter how good, better or best others are compared to me.

The truth is, there will always be people doing things better than you or me, writing awesom-‘er’ posts, weaving even more fabulous tales, writing harder-hitting posts. So the best option is to keep the flame in us alive and go on doing what we want to in the best way we can.

©Shail Mohan 2016

Day 12 NaBloPoMo 2016