I’ll admit, I have been attacked by the green-eyed monster called envy. Who hasn’t been jealous of another person or even a friend? I believe it is the one feeling that a toddler and a full-grown adult can share.
I remember when I was little and being so mad when my friends got the new Mario game for Nintendo 64. I was stuck playing Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly because I didn’t deserve a gaming console. Sitting in my room as an eight year old, I didn’t understand why my friends had so much and I didn’t. That is when I learned the meaning of unfair.
Why was life so unfair? Why did my friends have nice clothing, a big house, video games, and even awesome snacks like Lunchables and Dunkaroos. I couldn’t even get the crust cut off of my sandwiches, let alone have a treat like that packed in my brown bag. This became a bad habit as I got older. What starts off with video games then escalates into much more serious needs and wants.
In high school, my list of jealousy grew by the day. My friends were getting brand new BMWs and Mercedes, and I was stuck begging my parents ever night to drive their car. As I matured, so did my envy from tangible things to desires. I saw my friends talking to a handful of girls at a time while I couldn’t even get one to answer me. They had clear skin while I was battling acne. Pretty much every aspect of life was unfair. Unfortunately, I was looking at it all wrong back then.
Instead of cursing my life for being unfair, I should have been thankful for it. All the things I struggled with eventually faded into my past and made me a better person. I didn’t get a Nintendo 64 until the fad was over and people had a Playstation or Xbox. But when I did get it, I cherished every game and loved playing it. I never got Dunkaroos or Lunchables, but I also never was obese as a child. I might have hated my mom at lunch, but she taught me how to eat healthy. I had a face full of zits, but it made me learn how to be more friendly with people and really find my personality. My skin finally cleared up and I am now more confident talking to people. Most importantly, I never had a hundred girls texting me in high school. I learned those things don’t matter in the long run. I learned to be thankful for the people around me and truly care about them. Now, I am in a loving relationship and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
So next time you are feeling envious or angry at your situation, think of it as a blessing. Being at a disadvantage will make you a better person in the long run. No one ever made a movie about a person that never struggled and got everything they wanted by just asking. The people that are remembered are the ones who never had it easy and battled through all their difficulties. I’m pretty sure they would haven’t changed one thing and neither would I with my life. While every journey is filled with different obstacles, the most important thing is to be thankful for what we are give. Always remember you may be jealous of what another person has but there is probably someone out their who is envious of something about you.