"Don't let the internet rush you."
I've heard all the anti-comparison advice before, but this quote is the only one that really resonated with me. I was listening to the radio in the car while driving (thanks to DJ Quicksilva on 93.9 for putting it this way - shout out to the fam in the morning!) when I heard it, and nothing had ever been more relatable to me, ever.
How many times do we ALL go on the internet and immediately succumb to a dark cloud of anxiety and heart-palpitating pressure for our own stuff because somebody else is more advanced than us?
I can tell you I'm guilty of it every.single.day. I go on Instagram, browse Etsy, or watch people's stories on Snapchat and suddenly I am in full panic mode.
"I need to add ten million more items to my shop! Everyone else has so many more items!" "HER calligraphy is so much more beautiful than mine!" "That girl's calligraphy business on Instagram has thousands of followers - I need to get more followers!" "She has such a handle on her Instagram feed and stories. I have to be better about mine!"
And the list goes on.
But in reality, NOTHING is built overnight. The internet will rush you to be at a certain level that it took someone else years to be at. The internet will rush you to be perfect, but in actuality the photo the internet shows us is heavily edited or took several takes, angles, filters and tweaks to be the one that is shown to you.
I'll admit that once I realized this, I took a step back from work related social media. While it's a great tool to help clients find you, it can also just paralyze you. I'm slowly starting to ease back into it, but once I feel the chest-crushing desperation return I have to stop and try again the next day.
I made this wallpaper for us all, to help remind us each time we minimize the internet - DON'T let the internet rush you!
We'll all get there with time, patience, and hard work. Don't let the internet make you feel inferior. Your time will come when it's right for you.