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"Don't compare your chapter one to someone else's chapter twenty." - Unknown


I know it's easy to compare your journey to someone else's, but you really really shouldn't. Everyone is different and some people are just further along in their journey than yours. I guess it's key not to compare yourself to anyone at all in general really. You are you and there is no point in trying to compare, or even compete, with anybody else - focus on yourself and assess yourself by your own standards.

Yep, the book used to help display this quote is The Fault In Our Stars (: It was actually the only good enough book which had actual chapter headings and enough space above the heading for the quote.
and yes I saw the film and yes I cried omg


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ArtisticSPLASH12 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Fault in our stars
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Kendy-chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so true<3 I find myself constantly comparing myself with others, thinking: "Why can't my life be as great as his/hers?"...however, this reminded me that I really should stop and that it's silly to compare.

I love all your work, they have so much positive messages. ^_^
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you so much (:
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Zalaria Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I can't tell you how many times I've run into this situation. I have been comparing myself negatively towards others, prolly due to my parents comparing me to other people. It annoys the hell outta me and I just want to say "dammit be happy with what you have"
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Photographer
Very true - people should be happy with what they have and shouldn't compare themselves to others.
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tkj222 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
100th comment!

Great quote! I really need to remember this one from day to day heh heh.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Photographer
Aww thank you - it's a quote I find myself remembering quite a lot 

(woo congrats on the 100th comment! :aww:)
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ElaTheEchidna Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what book is this?
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Photographer
I wrote the name of the book I used in the description..
the fault in our stars
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ElaTheEchidna Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
..........I should really read the description more often........
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LovelyIcePrincess Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I super relate to this quote, this is sad In reality. Sometimes when we began removing all those people from the past/ your  benchmarks...and just keep your eyes focused with people who was there for you during your lowest of lows, you"ll start to see your own milestone at a slow pace achievements. However there are just people who keeps on imposing there success right in front of you, and tell your little success unworthy, it's depressing. why is it you need to compete everyday to their shadows.
sometimes their critique can influence your thinking and sometimes I ask myself again am I doing the right thing, I've stepped a different road to the majority, I've detoured a different challenge, I felt everyone is so far the distance.
The meaning of success, which everyone normally thinks, is financial wealth and power.
In the end you have to keep competing to reach the top so no one will look down on you, but to make the stress less you just have to compete with the older version of you. On a gradual pace there's happiness in that.
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openskyline Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I loooooove how you don't actually write on the books, and the wuotes rock too.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Photographer
thanks (:
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DarkLadyMiko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This quote goes so good with the book, you keep up the good work! Xx
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Photographer
thanks!
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DarkLadyMiko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
;D
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WiRE4k Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What I heard is "Don't compare your beginning with someone else's middle". The meaning is the same for both phrases, though, and I'd like to share what this has meant to me.

I was always a perfectionist, thus, I never had anything big done, never medium-sized either. I thought of myself as being exceptional, and so I had to only turn to great things: epic tales, games picturing an entire universe, whole songs (I love music, but to this day I suck at creating it) and wide drawings - of which I had accomplished no progress whatsoever. In reality, I was always afraid to do bad, afraid to make mistakes, and so I didn't any - but I didn't go forth with my skills as well.

It's only recently that I found out, thanks to a few good people (including a great guy Mike Rowe) and their helpful quotes, that it's exactly _because_ you make mistakes that you grow personally. Through mistakes, you learn. I found that I can see the bad things that I did after I did them and figure out how to do better. This is how you grow: act on what you feel is best in your situation, measure if it's good, act further while applying corrections.

I still can't stand the bad stuff I did, but now I know that risking and trying is the only way to go ahead, the only way to roll the pages and reach chapter twenty. Hope this helps.

Also, well done with visualising the quote! Brilliant execution, and it looks very sweet. Great work, Erin!
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Sylzezter Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Photographer
I wish there was a way to like comments on DeviantArt xDD lol. Thank you for sharing your personal story! 
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WiRE4k Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Replies like this worth more than any number of likes: this is how you know what people really feel about your words. Pressing the "like" button is easy - cheap, therefore.

Glad I could help.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you for sharing your personal experience :aww: I would also class myself as a perfectionist too so I can totally relate to how you feel and such :hug: and thank you for your kind words on my work, it means so so much!
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beautyhidden Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Love <3
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you :hug:
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chinoise56 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Always true..., comparing your journey through life with someone else's is never a good idea since no two people go through the same experiences.  People tend to be competitive and so look to others to see how they are doing instead of setting their own path, their own goals, and measuring their progress against these & not other people.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Photographer
I completely agree with you, two people never ever go through the same experiences as we all have different external factors affecting us too. I guess we are all taught so be competitive at such a young age though, by doing the best in class and such so it doesn't surprise how competitive some people can get when they get much older.
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chinoise56 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly.

Yes, in western culture (and especially here in the US), this is encouraged (and is always at the expense of those less fortunate, less athletic, less cultured, less educated, less well off..... you get the idea).  To be first is always the goal, second place is for "losers", even if not explicitly stated, it is always there.  I've been in classes of over 50 where the teacher geared his teaching to the top 5% of the class.  Everyone else was on their own to just 'get it' because if you didn't, you weren't trying hard enough.

There have been cultures in history where the community good was practiced, not the elevation of a person or class.  The Iroquois nation made decisions that took into account the next seven generations, not just the present, so it can be done.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Photographer
Yeah it's kind of sad how many schools are like, because we're then taught to feel like a failure if we're not the best. It's kind of sad because I'm a student now and i've seen so many people I know crumble under the pressure and feel worthless if they achieve below average it's school. It's stupid how people think that grades reflect personal worth but it really doesn't.
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chinoise56 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes.... it is very sad.  But, sorry to say, it isn't just schools, it is everywhere.  Science, business, jobs, society... all are basing personal worth on some sort of "grade" - in schools it is grades as you have found, but in society it is your 'status', how much $$ you make, what kind of job you have (garbage man, lawyer, teacher, professor, fashion model, computer programmer, janitor, auto mechanic....).  All of these come with stereotypical images of what that person is or should be which MAY be partially true in the aggregate, but are never true of a particular person.
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JEricaM Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome quote...
Can I use it for a stamp? with credits :)
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Photographer
sure sure (: thank you for asking beforehand - I really appreciate that
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JEricaM Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the permission!! :D And for your beautiful quotes!
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Photographer
aw no problem :aww:
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GreenElephantGirl Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Awesome quote and awesome book :D
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you so much!
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zukopie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you (:
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zukopie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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twilightwolf333 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Hmm good point
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you! :aww:
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twilightwolf333 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Your welcome, Love 
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missanimestranger Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is so meaningful and so true!
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you!
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missanimestranger Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
no prob
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BebeCool Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
oh gosh erin can you get more creative xD ! its so amazing !!
and sigh i really need to remember this .. again
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Photographer
awww thank you so much - that's very sweet of you :tighthug:
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wdnest Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Writer
Wonderful. 
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you :hug:
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banni-rox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i think everyone who read it cried lol
i did to ^^;
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Photographer
true that (:
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banni-rox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was crying and my bf was trying to comfort me (he didn't read it yet lol)
He didn't help ;'(
But it's all good :meow:
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umair75500 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
lovly lovly lovly :heart: :fav: :star: :) :love:
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