Looking Up

In the most recent episode of SModcast, Kevin Smith said something rather profound, and I’m sure he meant it that way.

First, let’s get into SModcast. If you listen to podcasts and like to listen to comedy podcasts, this is probably the best one out there; especially if you are a fan of Kevin Smith’s movies, even just a couple of them. My friend turned me onto SModcast awhile ago and in the time since I’ve listened to a couple hundred episodes, they are almost all hilarious and even the serious ones are still very entertaining. Go check it out, it is awesome.

Okay, so now back to the profound statement. He said something to the effect of: ‘no matter who you are, or where you are at in your life, someone is looking up at your life and thinking you have it all’.

It is an easy statement to say that we look up to rich people or people that we think have it figured out and want what they have. Of course we do that. But he made the point of saying that even people that society deems as lowly have people looking up at them. It is hard to be at the bottom of everything, right?

It made me wonder if people have ever looked at me that way. I wonder if anyone has envied me for the life that I live. I can see many things in my life that others wish they had. I have a nice home in a nice city, drive a nice car and have a nice job, I have a beautiful, caring, supportive wife and family, I have the cutest baby girl on the planet, I play an instrument, I am smart and have a college degree, and someone out there might envy this website or my podcast.

We all know the obviously negative things about my life so I won’t get into that. But those things make it hard to believe anyone, if they knew the whole story, would envy me. Maybe this blog has changed some opinions of me in ways I didn’t intend. If it has made me less enviable, then good; I don’t want to be anyway.

Maybe that is the point. If we knew the whole story for anyone’s life, we wouldn’t take it over our own lot. But since we don’t know the whole story, everything seems rosy.

I think his statement simultaneously makes me feel good about my life and the reasons I have for someone to envy me, and bad that someone would look at me and actually want to be me. We should all want to be who we are, and we should all strive to be who we are on a daily basis.