stop comparing problems

I’ve been thinking a lot about the stars lately. There’s a quote that goes something like this: I believe if more people looked toward the stars each night, they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize there are more important things than what people do all day…

This can be taken a whole sea of ways. Let me tell you how I take it, though.

You’ve got your problems; I’ve got mine. For some, it’s depression. For others, it’s low self-esteem. For many, it’s relationships. We’ve all got our thing(s). And, each situation is the biggest thing while it’s happening to us. We put it under a microscope and overanalyze the shit out of it. 

As we deal with our situation, there’s someone else who has their thing. More often than not, they see their thing as being way worse and way more important than yours. So, what we’re left with is a bunch of people comparing the size of their problems, battling for the gold medal in worse thing. 

What kind of life is that?

Where do the stars have anything to do with this?

That is not a good life at all. It’s not a healthy life. But, there are multiple ways to help manage it. Here’s one: 

The next time you find yourself battling for that shitty throne, go outside and wait for the stars to make their appearance. Leave the phone somewhere else, shut the lights off and get your ass out in the dark. Now…look up.

Do you see what I see? Magic. Each and every one of those balls of gas is an extraordinary, beautiful, unbelievable miracle. That’s how you should see them.

Take them in. One by one, see their radiant beauty. Feel their immense mystery. Allow each one to make you question your existence. Allow all of them as a whole to make you feel like the small human you are. Sit back and relish as they single handily put you back in your place. 

Now, what do you feel? Do you still feel like your problem is deserving of that throne? Or, did the stars make you forget about that problem—even if just for a minute?

My friends, there’s a whole universe out there. It’s full of magic and harmony. And, you are full of IT. You are quite literally made of stardust. You are just as much mystery and beauty as those stars.

I know, sometimes it feels like your world is crumbling. I know. It’s way too easy to lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. 

In this life, you will find yourself walking through many dark tunnels. Instead of competing over which tunnel is darker, look to the sky each night and let the magic of the stars show you a new perspective and act as your guiding light for the remainder of each journey. It’s not ever as bad as it feels, and there is always a way out. Good things will forever be on the horizon. Sometimes it just takes awhile. 

With love,


Published by Kelsi

It's about the way you become weightless when the pen seems to be moving all by itself--or the way your fingers glide over the keys, typing word after word with no clear direction, only the burning desire to keep going. That's what I'm here for and that's what I've come to share with you.

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