It is much too easy these days to spend time looking at social media and reality tv shows and thinking that everyone else is living a much better, more fun or more fulfilling life. However, this is not true and usually only serves to make us unhappy. If you are one of those rare folks who can look at others and derive motivation to change your life and work for what you want, then more power to you.
What I see more often is people becoming down on themselves and their lives due to these types of comparisons. In reality, we have no idea what kinds of lives those people actually have and in the end it doesn’t matter. Even if that is a true representation of their life, what does that do for you? Instead of comparing yourself to others try to compare yourself to you. Are you a better person today than you were yesterday? Are you doing things that bring you joy? Are you doing things to help heal yourself and feed your soul? Do you know more now than you did then? And if the answer to these questions is ‘no’ then ask yourself why. What is it that is stopping you? And if you don’t know the answer to that or have been trying and finding it too difficult to do on your own, then there is always turning to friends, family, recovery or spiritual supports, or a professional therapist.