I find myself constantly looking at other people, knowing of other people, and feeling inferior to them. They have interests in these really unique and original ideas and areas and I can’t help but feel uncool in comparison.

Notably these feelings are usually directed only to people I know little about, people I pass on the sidewalk or someone who briefly makes a reference to me in conversation. This makes it more complicated. Why do I put more stock into the value of a stranger rather than someone I have gotten to know? Perhaps it’s romanticized idea of people, basing my idea of who they are on little details. You don’t have to be disappointed when you only see (or imagine up) things that intrigue you about that person.

Feeling inferior isn’t a call to improve yourself or a suggestion to emulate the actions of someone you find interesting, instead it asks to eliminate the need for comparison and to stand up for your coolness.