And that's OK. No matter what stage you are in life or how sensitive you are about your age, there will come a time when you realise, damn that kid's much better or farther along than I am.
Rebekah Campbell notes in the New York Times that no matter what she does there's a 27-year-old doing it better. The age doesn't actually matter; someone a decade older than you outpacing you on the track field is going to sting too.
The point, whether it's age or some other criteria, is that comparisons are often superficial, and someone else will inevitably be better than you. Jealousy is a tough beast to tame, but if you know who you are and what's important (and that there's no winning to this game), as Campbell advises, you can find a little more peace — while maintaining the competitiveness that keeps you going.
Heck, there are three-year-olds in Mensa now putting us all to shame.
No Matter What I Do, There's Always a 27-Year-Old Doing It Better [New York Times]