Comparison is the thief of joy. 

 

I cannot reiterate this more. Period. Trust me, I have fallen into the comparison game more than ever necessary. My whole life, self confidence did not come easily to me. I compared myself to my sisters and friends. I wasn’t as funny, pretty, skinny, etc. Everything most girls go though. But this self doubt followed me into my adult life. I remember when I started my photography instagram page, I had the biggest knot in my stomach because I thought all my friends would look at my pictures and think, “okay, who does Chelsea think she is? How does she think she’s good enough to start an entire page on Instagram SHOWING OFF her pictures?” But guess what? No one said that to me. In fact, I received so many encouraging comments and direct messages that my doubt faded for the moment. But then seconds later I looked at my explore feed and saw artists like India Earl, who had YEARS of experience at the time, and wondered how I could even compete with that and my self doubt came crashing back. After lots of self reflection and reading, I had an epiphany: being content is a reflection of yourself. Literally EVERY self improvement book says this but it finally clicked in my brain.  Realizing that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in life and you no longer need to push yourself to be someone you’re not brings great emotional relief and immense happiness. 

@2018 Chelsea Simonson Photography