Envy as a Template
There are a few people in my life whom I envy quite a bit. I’m not talking about envying what they have, I’m talking about envying who they are. You can always purchase a similar purse, for instance, but you can’t buy fearlessness.
Specifically, I envy this girl l I’ve known since college. To me at least, her life seems like one big adventure. Most recently, she’s been all over southeast Asia and various Pacific islands in between. Even when she’s here in the US, she’s all over the place; beaming at me through the computer screen from Maine, Michigan, and Vegas. To top it off, she’s universally well-loved (as she should be, she’s sweet as pie).
Sure, you can never really know what is going on in someone else’s life. It would be easy to suggest that my friend might have many layers of discontent in her life that aren’t as visible to the public. However, I don’t want to play that game. Rather than bring her down to make myself feel better in comparison, I want to bring myself up to her level (or, at least, where I perceive her to be). I want to pinpoint what it is about her that I envy and try to incorporate that into my life.
Mostly, I envy her travels. Budget concerns and other responsibilities keep me from jetting around the globe, but perhaps I can incorporate her general sense of adventure. I live in a large city, so there is plenty to explore locally. I’m going to make a list of five “new to me” places in Chicago (suggestions welcome!) and make it a priority to see them before the end of the Summer.
Chicago Adventure List: