“Everyone has the same 24 hours as Beyonce.”
Opinionated wisdom for anyone who hasn’t been able to achieve everything they hoped this week:
Countless inspirational quotes and 15-point checklists on how to improve productivity are out there. You don’t need more capitalist bullshit that’s either fluff or doesn’t actually apply to your real life. What will really benefit you is less shame around your shortcomings, especially when you feel like you’re not doing your best.
You don’t have the same 24 hours as Beyonce, or me, or Taylor, or Sandy or Jenn. If you’re a single mom with no childcare or housekeeper you don’t have the same 24 hours as those who do. If you have 2 successful retail stores and a thriving coffee shop you own, you don’t have the same 24 hours as those who don’t. If you still manage to crush it at your actual job helping foster children on top of being the best hype girl in the Bay and multiple other projects, you don’t have the same 24 hours as those who don’t. If you have multiple successful online funnels, coaching programs, online course businesses, amazing dream clients, and a passion project launching you don’t have the same 24 hours as let’s face it, anyone.
Despite having the same 24 hours in a day we do not exist with the same amount of privilege, nor the same amount of responsibility. Telling you that you have the same 24 hours as Beyonce is just another way of saying you’re not doing your best. Girl, try harder. Hustler more. Push yourself harder. Wake up earlier, Sacrifice more. You’re not enough.
That’s just another example of facilitating shame and accentuating comparisonitis to all of us who live in an unfair yet real space where lack of achievement is not synonymous with lack of effort. You are enough, exactly as you are. Your worth is not solely measured by your progress and hustle. Today maybe getting out of bed was enough, or staying sober, or getting your kid off to school without a meltdown, or doing just enough work to pay your bills, or just doing what you have to do so you can survive another day.
Please, set ambitious goals and work towards them. But also be mindful so you don’t end up in a place of comparisonitis, failure, and self-loathing if you don’t hit your goals bc life got in the way. You’re human… life will get in the way sometimes.
Give yourself permission to acknowledge your limitations, accept your privilege to responsibility ratio, give yourself grace, accept your humanity, and accept that your life is so amazingly unique it will not look the same as anyone else.