I find that I compare myself to no one at times, and almost everyone in other situations.
I started a Doonya Bollywood fitness class and am comparing myself to the other participants. I know that I have only had three classes and some of them have been doing it for years, but I compare how well they know the dances and hate when I mess up and no one else appears to mess up. I compare that I feel like I have stronger stamina and strength in my legs since I can sometimes lift them higher for longer than the others.
Some days, I am perfectly content with my items of clothing. Other days, I compare them. I just bought a white down coat and am now comparing other people with white coats to each other to see which ones are unclean looking and hoping that mine does not get that way. I compare the boots others wear to mine.
This morning I went to the grocery store and found myself comparing what others had in their carts and baskets to what was in mine. I was not buying much, and everything in my cart was healthy, and I almost felt superior for a moment. I looked at a large container of peanut butter cups, picked it up to read it, then decided that I couldn't add that junk food to my healthy cart, because that wouldn't look right.
I am not always like this. I don't know if it is the weekend, or if it is this new city, or what.
I do know that I do more people watching in NYC than I have ever been able to do.
Perhaps that makes me more aware that others may be watching me and comparing themselves to me, as well.
When I used to run back in StL in the parks or on the streets, I would compare my gait to others'. Part of that was the coach in me wanting to help others run more efficiently, but part of it was hoping that they saw me as someone who ran well - that they would compare themselves to me. I know that this summer when I ran, I still had good form, but couldn't run as far or as fast as I used to. That made me somewhat self-conscious about my running, thinking others would be laughing at me in their heads as they saw me running.
I do seem to notice that I compare myself to others that I do not know more than people that I actually have relationships or am around a lot. I don't compare myself to my coworkers because I know that I do what I have to do in the classroom - what is best for me and my students. I don't compare myself to my siblings because we are each at different points in our lives. (I admit that I did for awhile, but, I have come to understand that our lives are different. Same with where I am compared to where my parents were when they were my age.)
Are any of you more apt to compare yourself with strangers than with known people?
Stream of Conscious Sunday post linked up with Jana's Thinking Place. Five minutes of free writing on the topic Comparisons/Competitions. You can link up, or read others' posts on her site. It is a great way to release some thoughts from your head. I hadn't even really thought about all the ways I compare and compete with others until this post... and some of the things just happened no more than an hour ago.