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People tend to surround themselves with people like them, and tend to compete in the things that they are good at. Because of this, we are constantly comparing ourselves to people who are good at what we do. So lets say you're in band, and you're last chair flute out of the ten flutes.

News flash: 1000 people go to your school. On flute, you are probably better than atleast 980 of them (assuming there are some flute players who aren't in band).

But, because you ARE in band, and you ARE last chair, you still feel inferior.

This is just an example. Ish. It relates.

Theres a girl in my building who is a FANTASTIC flute player. She's probably a music major. She practices often, and when my windows are open, I can hear her well. When I think about how I play compared to how she plays, I feel badly about my playing. And then today, I realized that there are 36 apartments here, many of them fdouble and even triple occupied. Let's say 70 people live here minimum. I am *probably* the second best flute player here.

This was all psychologically deep a few minutes ago when I was composing this entry.

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wolfeskitchen
Jan. 10th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
You'll always be my first chair homey, white girl.
tevarin
Jan. 10th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
I think there's a distinction. If you're a professional flute player, and you spend hours practicing every day, go to classes in music theory, etc, etc. then you'd darn well better be a better flute player than the musically talented store manager living next door. Your proper peer group for comparison are your fellow flautists, and if you're last chair, then maybe there's an issue.

On the other hand, if you're the store manager, then there's no reason to feel bad for not being as good on the flute as a pro. You know you're better than her at selling electronics equipment or dealing with suppliers or whatever, and you can relax and enjoy the music when you get a chance.
thisgirliknow
Jan. 10th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
So not my point.

My point is that the store manager is still much much better on flute than the Average Joe
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