We’re told our whole lives that envying others is bad, but studying and learning from your envy might actually help you figure out what you want to do with your life.
This video from the School of Life YouTube channel explains that envy isn’t something you should feel guilty about, but something you should accept and reflect on. Envy can be a set of clues that might lead you to a better life. The things you admire don’t just belong to one person’s specific attractive life. You can pursue the same things in smaller doses and lead a smaller, more manageable and more realistic version of the lives you’re drawn to. If you’re envious of a rock star’s ability to play guitar, you can start taking guitar lessons. If you’re envious of how likable your friend is, you can work on increasing your own charisma. As the video explains, your envy is trying to tell you something — and you should listen. Don’t feel bad for being envious of someone, recognise it and use it as a potential path for your own self-betterment.
The Uses of Envy [YouTube]