On comparing yourself to others

There really is no need.
No real real obligation to do this.
You won’t lose nearly as much
As you think you will
If you just stay in your lane.
The greatness of others
Need not diminish your own significance
Or serve as a reference point
For your particular journey.
Your path is your own
For the strength of your legs
And the contour of your foot.
The excellent works of others are artifacts to
Receive and enjoy
As gifts in a part of a greater universe
And what this world needs from you
Is not a comparison-infused imitation
But uniquely inspired permutations
Of your own hand.
You have a contribution to make-
Make it.

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