People are always going to be comparing themselves to others.  Whether it's comparing a grade on a midterm, comparing their body shape, or comparing their jobs to those of others, comparison is something people are familiar with.  

That being said, it's not something that helps us at all.  The stress level at Columbia is, I think, largely self-generated.  People aren't happy with what they're doing unless it's better than absolutely everyone else.  But that just isn't practical.  There are fundamental differences between people that exist for a variety of reasons.  But the fact of the matter is that while I may not be working, have an internship, be president of ten clubs and take twenty-two credits, that does not make me any lesser.  Because it's my choice and who knows?  Maybe I use that time to study better, or maybe an internship isn't right for my career path.  

But this aside, it's also very negative to compare body shape with others, yet we do it all the time.  This article popped up on my facebook feed and it really resonated with me.  It's about people from the point of view of the massage therapist, and it makes a lot of sense.  I felt it was something that should be shared.  

But now I'm off to buy a bagel and cream cheese and go to class.


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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