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Jealousy - how to get over it?

I always feel "behind" somehow. Have my whole life. Now that I'm in my mid-thirties, I am convinced that I'm somehow lagging in my career -- I just know that my friends have bigger paychecks and are somehow more financially secure than me. I have no proof, of course, save watching them one by one buy homes and have children and post their lovely vacation photos to Facebook and complain about the high cost of daycare or nannies or what not ... while I continue to work hard, try to save, and rent my city apartment without ever really getting "ahead." And many of my single urban friends live in flashy apartments or luxury buildings and seem to be on the fast track. In my more rational moments, I know you can't judge by outside appearances. But I mean, come on. It takes money to support a family. It takes a lot of money to buy a house, and I know how much those luxe apartments rent for -- one friend just bought a massive condo in a new development in Brooklyn, on his own. Maybe family helped. Who knows. Anyway I just needed to vent. Am I alone or can someone here relate? Thanks for listening to my pity party.


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