Comparison is the thief of joy.— Teddy Roosevelt
Skill vs. Passion
One of the best bassists of all time, Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea gives us his incredibly humbling perspective on how mastering the art of something doesn’t guarantee the most beautiful results, and how letting go of yourself (and your ego) allows your passion to come through.
When it comes to constantly comparing ourselves to others, we’re in good company—Rolling Stone’s #2 bassist of all time believes he’s surrounded by better musicians than he is. (Wut?!) Lesson: no matter how famous, talented, skilled, beautiful, (insert any admirable accolade here) you are, it won’t save you from feeling like you aren’t as good as someone else. So let’s just cut that ish out already. Here’s how to put the kibosh on that detrimental line of thinking once and for all.
We’re all aware of the “Instagram vs. Reality” phenomenon. Even so, it’s hard to look at those #flawless filtered photos and not feel even the slightest twinge of jealousy. But before you compare and despair, take a look at Sara Puhto’s Insta account that takes #LiveAuthentic to a whole new level.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder (not to be confused with beer-holder). But no matter what you find aesthetically pleasing, appreciating the beauty in our lives does us good— it stimulates the reward center in our brains, lowers our heart rate and decreases stress and anxiety. (Sign us up.) Try these tips for mastering the art of picking up on the pretty things around you.