Comparison is a thief. I have allowed it to steal my joy time after time, leaving me lonely and feeling like I had nothing to offer. Comparison lies to us, whispering that someone else is prettier, nicer, more successful. If I've learned anything in my 22 years of life, it is this: I have only one life to live, and I won't spend it trying to measure up to someone else's. A life free of comparison is a life of freedom, and one of joy.