The Jealous Friend - The Conversation We Never Have
Friend 1: I'm not naturally gifted, I have never been.
Friend 2: Yeah right, so how do you achieve everything you do in your life? I know people like you, everything you do, and you get it.
Friend 1: What do you mean? You say it as if there's a different race of people.
Friend 2: Well, everything you do, you get it. Apply for a job, you get it. Ask a girl out, she goes out with you. It helps looking like a pretty boy! You're naturally good at sports, you like all the cool things, well you get the point.
Friend 1: That's because I work hard at all that. Do you think I don't put effort into everything I do?
Friend 2: No, you don't. You're born like that.
Friend 1: No you're not. You have no idea. It's people like you that would rather have a negative stigma towards everyone who are making their life a priority. All you're doing is being negative. Your whole world revolves around complaining and being miserable.
Friend 2: If I had what you had, I wouldn't be negative!
Friend 1: Why can't you have what I have?
Friend 2: Because I wasn't born with your gifts or opportunities!!
Friend 1: I don't see your point. I wasn't born into wealth. My parents are not famous or royalty. They don't own a business and never had a lot of money. They rely on the pension. So I'm not sure what you're talking about.
Friend 2: Yeah, mine aren't either!
Friend 1: So what is your problem exactly? I recognised if I was going to get anywhere in life, I need to work out what I need to do to get ahead. As much as you would like to think I'm "gifted", I work 110% on me because 100% won't cut it. If I'm going to get the worm, I have to wake up much earlier than the rest of the birds because I know they will beat me to it every time. That extra 10% is a mindset. Physically, it's not possible to go over 100%, but if I understand my weakness, I can fill in the gaps in other ways.
Friend 2: I never see you try!
Friend 1: What? Are you with me all the time? No you're not; too busy being bitter about everyone else and not bothering to work on yourself. Remaining stagnate and complaining all the time.
Friend 2: It's hard to be positive when nothing seems to work out, you know, it's hard.
Friend 1: I know it's hard. I know it is. That's why I did something about it.
Friend 1: You think I apply for one job and got it, but how about the other 100 I didn't get? Or the girl I asked out, how about the 10 that got away or broke my heart? If I'm not happy with the way I look, I improved that, took care in my appearance. I'm good at sports because I love being fit and active, I love to train. Liking cool things is subjective, but I never want to stop learning. I do all these things and you think I don't do any of it without a whimper and success comes to me?
Friend 1: I have failed more than I have succeeded, but it has made success so much more worth it.
Friend 2: You never tell me any of this.
Friend 1: Which means you shouldn't assume, everyone is fighting, stop being so negative and actually do something about your life. You only have one, don't use it to complain!