Hi All, Greetings. Since i cannot vent it out to anyone, i am writing it here. I am 33 yrs old. Let me give you a brief on my childhood. i am the first child for my parents and they had high hopes on me. they wanted me to achieve something. My father tired to put me into many extracurricular activites like singing , dance, sports etc ,. In all those what all he put me up, i was a average on but did not excel and it happened that i did not meet their expectation. This non acheivement of expectation made them stringent the rules and that eventually made me to take the other path.. I will try to avoid my stauts/marksheet of curriculam fearing punishment. i will lie as report card was not given, i will sign my report card and give to teacher.. usual student things. They will find out and it will flare up often. i even feared returning back home because the pushinmnet would be beatiing me with belt will start from 5 to 7 or making me kneel outside the house for say 1 hr. And after then it will be told many times again and again to me. But i agree they did not do it intentionally. Somehow they wanted me to excel in any thing they chose for me. And with all these mental turmoil i did not even try to excel - mistake on my part too. i was an average student and more over went worse.. to say it simple made myself worst . Later my sister was born. As usual since she was a new baby (7 yrs younger) she had bit more consideration. but then comparison happens rights. With her the picture was different. My father tried her too in many things and she was interested in basket ball and was stable to say more than average. And another thing was that my parents reduced the expectation on my sister. And time went by, i am now married with a kid. My parents have moved along with me to take care of my kid since i am working. But still i feel my parents compare everything between me and my sister. It will come in mid of some conversations or other. My father feels that she responded well and i did not respond well to his trainings he tried to give us. but gone is gone. Earlier when i was punished i would be treated like a **** for say till 2 days after punishment. So it all made my hand low in my parents house. What all my sister says they will accept until it hurt them. My sister is about to get married. Now what makes me to feel so depressed is that they often compare my in laws family with my sisters. If my mil does something then it is a mistake and they talk to me that she did like this , that till they feel bored; If my sisters future family does the same thing, they see it positively. And same happens with husbands also. Mine is a love marriage in this case and my sisters is arranged. So now it started to happen. Comparison. comparison. comparison. When i tell my father that for you your second daughter is favortie in certain situations he tells that he feels ashamed of raising me.He tells me you could not take the comparison in right sense. All words can be taken wrong if wanted. As a parent no one will think one child to be good and other to go bad. He further more curses me that one of my daughter will say the same. They tell me that my sister till now have not even compared her with me. not even once. Why should she when she gets all love.... Though they love me , the way they show it to me hurts me.. I really cant tell to any one even to my husband fearing loss of my parents dignity . I fear that my husband should not see my parents down. But he too can see the difference of the treatment. My mom tells though i did not excel they made me study till college and i did not get a good job, agreed for love marriage whcih made them face many problems and now shifted location to help me with raising kid. But my sister got scholarship at schools, studied in SRM in sports quota and into a good job immediately Regarding job when i was about to venture of job serch there were financial crisis and now it is reduced. I really feel very depressed. In all these 33 yrs cannot my father and mother see a single positive thing in me and apreciate it. When why father told that he feels ashamed of raising me since i told that his second daughter is his favorite, i felt or even to say had a silent question " when did you feel high because of me to make you feel ashamed". I really did not do anything intentionally. I might not have excelled in studies or extra curricular activities... but that i wonder the level of "Excellence" they expect only will make me their favorite child. i dont want to be a favorite child. let my sister enjoy it. But i wanted my father and mom to understand that i am hurt and i love them and i am not hallucinating that my sister is their favorite.