Mini-blog series #1: Life is a race, not a competition

So today I’m trying something new: I often have spontaneous rushes of quick thoughts that I feel like would be a waste if I didn’t share it with someone or at least journal about it. Thus – I came up with this idea of a “mini blog series” where I’ll briefly discuss something that I’ve observed, learned, heard, thought about, or have insight on here. It’ll be a very raw, unedited easy-to-read version of #graceskylarthoughts. The purpose of these mini blog series is to first, be able to produce content that’s fast, easy and productive. But more importantly, it’s also to shed light on spiritual, worldly, or conventional concepts and issues that we tackle everyday without exactly offering a solution or a conclusion, but rather offer something to linger on, to think about, to question. One might say I’m doing this spontaneously, and I totally am, so bear with me here and hope you enjoy today’s mini series!

Comparison. C o m p a r i s o n. To other people. To family. To friends. To that tall, (maybe dark and handsome?) stranger over there. To that competent co-worker that sits in that cubicle against the wall. It happens to the best of us. I had a phone call with my friend the other day, and we got on the topic of comparison. She said something simple but grand: “Life is a race but not a competition.” 

In the bible, it talks about a race that reaps an eternal wreath that we as believers should run towards – something that isn’t perishable, but rather imperishable (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). The world sees race and competition as the same thing – if you win this race, you beat all the competition out there. However, I’m convinced that race and competition aren’t always the same thing. Yes, you should definitely try all your best to attain your goals and even hustle as much as you want/can/should, and that is the race of life. You are running this race called life. It’s your race that you’re running. No one else is running on it, so there’s no ‘competition.’ Competition happens when you start comparing yourself to other people, to their progress in life — to where they are in the corporate world compared to where you are, to how they present themselves, to how they look, dress, and act. 

However, like any race, you can have people on the sidelines cheering you on. These people might be your family, your friends, your siblings, your mentors, your teachers, your priests – the list goes on. They support you in all your endeavors but it’s you that is running this race. But once you compare yourself to someone else, your focus is not on that person and that could hinder you from reaching your best potential.

What do you all think? Do you agree or disagree with this concept? Let’s hear those thoughts! 👇

Until next time,


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