“I don’t think it’s something people should be scared to admit”

Have you ever felt jealous of someone? What about? Jealousy is an incredibly strong emotion that I feel is wise to avoid, if possible. I think jealousy can lead to people making poor decisions and it can like kind of blind you in a sense. It can just like mess with your vision, kind of give you tunnel vision, you could say. But to be honest, yeah, of course, I felt jealous in the past. Whether that be comparing myself to siblings — not me doing it but like if family members are comparing me with my sibling. I am so jealous if I didn’t like reach to the standards they wanted, or if they’re like, oh, they can do this better than you. I’d be be like, “Wow, why can’t someone say that about me? Like, why can’t I get those same compliments?” It seems shallow, but I feel like and everyone has vulnerable moments like that where they’re just kind of fueled by jealousy because they don’t receive the appreciation that they desire, you could say. Other instances where I’ve been jealous. I don’t know, school. Schools have become kind of slightly toxic environments. Not that it’s the school itself, or the students itself. It’s just how the culture of education has kind of become, especially in high school. I attend, like a very, a highly competitive — I attend school in a highly competitive school district. So, a lot of times students in their minds pit themselves against each other, and there’s a lot of jealousy surrounding GPAs, grades, standardized testing scores, you feel as though you’re putting in a certain amount of effort and not seeing the same results, but you see someone that you know very well get those results and you’re like, wow, I wish I could be there. I wish I had that, like, I’m super jealous. So it’s, it’s an emotion that pops up often. I try to avoid it as much as possible because it doesn’t always have the best results or can lead to the best results. But I think it’s a very common emotion. I don’t think it’s something people should be scared to admit to, we all feel it. There’s nothing to hide. But maybe if we like talk these things through, have conversations about stuff like this. They might not be such a big deal. They might not like, you know, fester up in our minds and cause us to make any bad decisions.

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