بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم
1) Allaah Ta`aalaa looked at the hearts of all of His Makhlooqaat
(creation), and chose only the very best to be the Sahaabah (companions) of His most beloved Rasool صلى الله عليه وسلم.
2) Allaah Ta`aalaa knew you would never have been able to undergo the difficulties they had undergone. You might have ended up from among those who rejected Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم, because when Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم came with the message of Islaam, the entire world was Kaafir. There was no Muslim on the face of the earth. A person accepting Islaam had to go against his parents, his wife and children, his friends, his society, his country, and the entire world at large. He had to become an outcast. A "stranger". Such a person would be boycotted by everyone and would undergo continuous hardships, trials, tribulations, torture, insults, and had to make Sabr over all of that. Thereafter, Allaah Ta`aalaa revealed the Aayaat of Jihaad, and Sahaabah-e-Kiraam had to fight in Jihaad, one battle after another, killing and being killed for the sake of Allaah. Giving up their loved ones, wealth, homes and even their lives to raise the Deen of Allaah Ta`aalaa and let the earth be ruled by the Sharee`ah of Islaam which Allaah Ta`aalaa has chosen. Allaah Ta`aalaa knew that you would not have been able to bear all of that.
Let me ask you a question: If you are arrested and thrown in jail for being Muslim, and get tortured - will you be able to bear it with Sabr? Will you be able to remain firm on your Deen, and the correct Manhaj (methodology) and `Aqeedah, regardless of the torture you are undergoing, the difficult prison conditions and being separated from all of your family and friends? If not, what makes you think you would have been able to bear the hardships the Sahaabah went through? My advice is that you study the lives of the Sahaabah. Read the Kitaab "Hayaat-us-Sahaabah" (The Lives of the Sahaabah) by Maulana Yusuf Kandhlawi. Read about the difficulties Sahaabah went through. They did not have some kind of glamorous, bed-of-roses lifestyle. Most of the time they did not even have food to eat for the day. How many days and nights have you gone hungry, in your life? A month would go by without a fire being lit in the house of Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم. He - and the Sahaabah - would tie stones to their stomachs out of hunger. Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه would fall unconscious out of hunger at times, and people would think he suffers from epilepsy, but it was a result of hunger. Sahaabah fought in battle and some lost their eyes, some lost their limbs, some, their friends all became Shuhadaa (martyrs) in the battle and they were the only ones left. Sahaabah-e-Kiraam lived lives which none of the people today are able to bear. In these times, a person undergoes some small, minor hardship on account of their Deen and already their Imaan shakes and they want to become Kaafir. Wallaahul Musta`aan
3) No one in these times can reach the Fadheelah (virtue) of any Sahaabi. They were the best of people after the Ambiyaa. However, we try our hardest to follow in their footsteps. Allaah Ta`aalaa has given Fadheelah (preference) to some people over others, to some Sahaabah over others, to some Ambiyaa over others. When Allaah Ta`aalaa had even given some Sahaabah - like Hadhrat Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه - Fadheelah over all of the other Sahaabah, what makes you think they should not have Fadheelah over you? In this Dunyaa, too, some people have been given more than others. Some people are naturally stronger than other people; some are naturally more intelligent; some are naturally (without Haraam plastic surgeries, etc) better looking than others; some are wealthier than others; some are healthy and others are sick. All of this is in the Hikmah (Divine Wisdom) of Allaah Ta`aalaa. What you are expecting is for someone to explain the Divine Wisdom of Allaah Ta`aalaa to you. Don't expect that. No human being can encompass any of the Wisdom of Allaah Ta`aalaa. Allaah Ta`aalaa created all of us, and knows what is best for us. You don't know what is best for you. You may think that you do, but you don't. It's like a child who, while young, thinks certain things is good for him and wants them, but his parents and guardians prevent him from it. Only when that child himself grows up does he realise the benefit and the wisdom of his parents preventing him from it. If children had it their way, they would play all day and never study. The parents force them to study, knowing that it is essential. Therefore, the people in this Dunyaa are like children; their minds are small and stupid. Just because they cannot fathom the Divine Wisdom does not mean that the Wisdom is not there. One day In Shaa Allaah - perhaps only in the Aakhirah - they will understand it (like how the child understands when he grows up).
والله تعالى أعلم