Im not competitive in life or in drumming.I think it's human nature to compare and contrast, but often it can be handled an immature way. For example, those who build themselves up by ripping into others. The way I look at it is simple: music is an art and we are all at different levels in our journey. I always look to learn something from others, regardless of their proficiency level, and encourage them to excel in their craft.
If someone plays better,faster,harder,melodically or has a higher paid job or more material goods than I,so what?
Is it a matter of life and death?
No,then so be it.