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Your Two Cents: Do You Ever Get Jealous of Friends' Careers?

Your Two Cents: Do You Ever Get Jealous of Friends' Careers?

Remember the Annie Get Your Gun tune: "Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you." While competition can stay friendly when we're young, it can become more fierce as we age. Education, opportunity, life circumstances and plain chance change all our lives and some friends find flourishing careers while others flounder, or just get by. Do you ever compare yourself to pals and get jealous of their careers or do you take it all in stride?

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 5 years
My friends and I have all gone thru tight times and then times of success. I think over time with maturity you realize that life is always in a state of flux...it changes. We were often opposite of each other in this regard in careers. Rather than be jealous of each other we chose to be each other's cheering squad---we celebrated each opportunity as well as consoled each other during those times which were difficult. I think one defining moment was when we all but one were single and feeling we were missing on the biggest accomplishment of all--companionship---marriage. It was sobering to find out that while we where jealous of her happiness that it had all been for show. Sometimes things are rarely what they seem even among friends. When she came clean we all felt a bit guilty for feeling bad about her seeming so happy while we were all so jealous. Dealing with our own reactions and consoling her about her failed marriage made us all see the realities in life. Nothing accomplished is done so without some hard work and effort...and even then there are no guarantees. Real friends are priceless. Jobs and men may enter and exit in life. Friends are forever.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 5 years
I'm jealous of some of their salaries, but they're in different fields than I am.They certainly work hard enough to deserve the money, but so do I!
ayuninur ayuninur 5 years
not really
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 5 years
not really jealous of their careers, but more their work situation. it would be nice to have more staff for both the operational and social aspsect. also, it would help me not to feel guilty every time i want to take a few days for a getaway. my former supervisor was absent for probably 30% of my first year, so i know all too well what it's like to spend days on end sitting in the office alone!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
Not really, but I'm sort of envious of my friends who have regular 9-5 schedules and don't have to work on weekends.
Frenched Frenched 5 years
I'm not a rabid jealous person but, it does sting a little when you feel you've done the best you can and somebody else gets all the recognition. Regardless, I am always genuinely happy for my friend's success.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
No. I am happy when my friends are doing well.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 5 years
I compare my career to my friends and while it's not all jealousy, sometimes I wonder how they ended up higher on the career ladder or doing something they love.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
always. i HATE my job, so i envy the fact that they don't
imLissy imLissy 5 years
right now, I'm the only one with a career, so there's nothing to be jealous of.
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