I see so many posts telling people not to be jealous or envious of other artists. That craving popularity is bad. That you shouldn’t be doing it. I’m here to tell you…
Why? Because it’s NORMAL. Everybody feels like that. At some point or another, you’re going to feel it. Whether it’s a passing moment or a plague, you’re going to feel it. It’s normal. It’s expected.
What matters is HOW YOU BEHAVE while feeling it. The feeling is normal and understandable. Don’t berate yourself for feeling that way. You aren’t a bad person for wishing your art had more notes. For wishing your best work got even half as many views as that two minute scribble someone else did got. For feeling jealous when someone gushes about an artist in your fandom but nobody ever does it about you.
That’s normal. That’s human. Everybody does it at some point or another. IT’S OKAY. YOU AREN’T BAD FOR FEELING THAT.
What matters is how you channel it. How you react to it. Whine about it if you like but don’t send yourself into a mopey pity-party spiral. Feeling angry about it is fine, but keep it to yourself. It’s not another artist’s fault. It’s not even your fault. It’s nobody’s fault. This is just how things go. Be angry for a bit but then LET IT GO. Put the energy into drawing something else. Don’t attack others over it. DON’T ATTACK YOURSELF OVER IT.
The feelings aren’t what make you a bad artist or person. It’s how you treat other people and conduct yourself while you’re feeling them that does.