Don't Let Others Prevent You From Realizing Where You Shine

October 1 2017, 7:28am

I have two friends who both enjoy experiencing new things and , more importantly, taking photos. I was saddened to hear that one of them stopped practicing photography because his partner was "better at it." At first, I wasn't sure what to think about this.

Was my friend justified in his actions? Should he have acted differently?

Starry sky silhouette

Thinking more about it, I've come to realize that it would have been better for each friend to continue exploring their passion for photography. The reason for this thinking stems from the fact that everyone has their own unique way of seeing the world.

Photography is a good example to use for this viewpoint as it is inherently visual. Take, for instance, the subject of a flower arrangement on a table. Photographer A might see beauty in the whole arrangement while B might explore the details of a particular flower. Even with similar taste in composition, unique interest and backgrounds will inevitably lead to different outcomes.

Given these varied outcomes, two can come together to compare notes, learn, and grow as one. For less visual hobbies, this sentiment still rings true. Even with very similar interests, two people will cook, design, and game differently. In those small differences come opportunities to complement and elevate one another.

I tend to think the short term enemy here is envy. Don't let envy become anything more than a feeling thought and start growing as one.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you changed how you do things around a person close to you?