Living in a world where there's ascendency of wealth over dearth, fame over obscurity, and reputation over notoriety. I have come to realize that human beings live in a flimsy world. A world that encourages the abundance or the accumulation of wealth and power, while disregarding contentment.
I got caught up in this mess myself and I had to ask myself this question: "what are you doing?" I used to be happy, very happy, if not too happy. However, I got caught up with wanting more. You might think it's greed, but it certainly isn't. It was more about my surroundings than me (as they say: you're the product of your surroundings.) It was more about people asking me what I was doing with my life, it was about people telling me how I could be making more, and then it became about me wanting to impress others than myself.
Fortunately for me, I have come to realize that age brought growth to me and this helped me realize that I needed to worry about myself & be satisfied regardless of what people say, ask or do. It helped me discover that you don't always have to impress your friends and you don't have to make your family proud. Also, I realized being rich, famous or powerful wouldn't make me happy. These will just incur temporary happiness in my life, so I advised myself not to live the lives other people want me to live or the lives I want other people to think I am living.
My advice for you reading this blog is to take things easy. If you're having a hard time, don't let anyone influence your decisions in life and don't be influenced by the trivial things of life. The Joneses are broke. You might just wake up to find out that, those who you were working hard to be on their level were also struggling with the basic means of life, the Ferrari you're eyeing might as well be leased/rented/borrowed, the luxurious house you long throat for might be on a mortgage or set for foreclosure, and that job you think your friend has or brags about might just not exist.
Be yourself, know your priorities, be happy, and be satisfied. Things will work out itself. I wish you luck and success in everything life throws at you.