Dan and I are in a bit of a rut. It began innocently enough one Saturday night, when we were too tired to leave the house to go to the restaurant with live music that we had chosen for our date that weekend. We decided to say home and watch a few episodes from one of our favorite TV series instead.
This hamster wheel has always existed, fed years ago not by the internet but the comparison trap that still is at the root of the frenzy. The internet intensifies our feelings of insecurity or inferiority because we now have access to both friends' and strangers' carefully curated presentations of themselves. In a matter of seconds, we find evidence of people exercising their gifts and talents to seeming perfection. One friend has connections with the President, another acquaintance bakes like a professional but has a full-time job and four children, and our uncle ran another marathon all the while writing a novel and throwing the party of the century for his spouse. And so many of us ask, How do I fit into this world? Do I measure up? Why am I not more interesting or accomplished?Read More