Everybody seems to be somewhere right now.

My colleagues are off to different parts of the country while some of them flew miles away from home, doing fascinating and groundbreaking things. A friend's gone to graduate school to a reputable university, another acquaintance has gone off to another neighboring Asian country, exploring its roots all while being able to work there. Vicariously seeing from afar, it all seems they have moved pretty successfully and grown to have become contributors to the society.

Man, looking at them, there are days where I wish I could simply measure up to that instead of getting swallowed by a bunch of paperwork for eight hours a day. With a scenario like this, a big wave of insecurity tend to surge me deep and a thousand other questions make me ask myself and my progress. What about me? Will I get stuck in routine forever? Will I ever be as successful and satisfied as the others? I'll get there, right? Well, I could just go on and on about it and the list still continues unanswered today.

Now, I've already been working for a year in my first (ever) job. Hurrah, I survived all the firsts that I had experienced! Tough as everything had been, I couldn't be any happier that I have slowly settled into things. Seeing myself, I realized this is progress- this is my progress and I am doing quite well with it. I am moving with my own pace and others are in motion with theirs too.

It sank into me that if we solely base progress with the progress of other people, we just end up in a rut and feel inferior towards them. Instead of feeling envious and whining like a crybaby as to why you're not living their lives, why don't you consider them as an inspiration and work on yours?

If for a second you don't think you've gone far in life, try to look back and see how far you've come. It's perfectly alright to be where you are now in life. There's no race you should win, after all. Like I said, this is your progress. Celebrate, revel and trust in it.


Alve Jane Aranton is a 21 year-old writer from Cagayan de Oro, PH. She is a lover of words, coffee and cats. Alve blogs her feelings at  She Is The Paper Back Writer.

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