@IowaDDS13: This is exactly the reason one of my close friends deleted her Facebook account. She would actually get incredibly emotional when she saw people she went to high school and college with putting up stuff like engagements, getting married, buying a home, going on for additional schooling, having children, etc. She knew it was irrational, but she’d feel completely lost and “behind” when she saw those things … So she deleted her Facebook account.
I’m not saying you need to do that, of course. It worked for her, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only way to get past these feelings.
To be honest, I’ve occasionally felt that way when I’ve signed onto Facebook. I think sometimes it’s almost shocking how different my life is from some of the people I went to high school and college with! For example, an old friend from high school that I’ve kept in touch with via Facebook just recently announced she was pregnant … For the third time! This is a woman who will be 29 this month and is already married with a career, owns a home, and will now be having her third child.
That’s just one example, of course. But here’s the thing … I don’t necessarily feel “behind” when I see things like that. Sometimes I do. But most of the time I realize that my life is my own and all of the decisions I’ve made have been made for a reason.
I actually really like my life right now. I’m not really in a huge rush to own a home because I don’t want to deal with all of the upkeep … I like having someone else mow the lawn, take care of snow removal, and take care of anything that goes wrong (without paying extra!). I also like the freedom that renting gives us. If we decided we wanted to look for jobs elsewhere (and we might at some point down the line just for a new challenge and change of scenery), we could move without much of an issue … No worrying that our house won’t sell quickly and we’ll be stuck paying 2 mortgages. I was never in a rush to get married (I didn’t really want to for the longest time), so I’m okay with being an “older” bride. I was also never in a rush to have kids.
I could give more examples I’m sure, but this is crazy long as it is.
The point is to focus on the good things in your life. Getting into dental school will be a huge deal, and I can almost guarantee that someone you keep in touch with on Facebook will see that and be like, “Wow! I’m so jealous! I wish I had gone on for more schooling.” It’s the whole “the grass is always greener” thing.
Live your life at the pace you want. Enjoy your own successes and just remember that everyone is not supposed to be the same. I know it sounds corny, but it’s the truth.