Must it always be thus? “Anything you can do I can do better“?
As one born with no athletic ability whatsoever….and no interest at all in altering that……I know what it’s like to be the last one standing when a team is picked. To be left sitting on the bench. Sent back to the locker room so as not to take up space.
Maybe it’s just the way of the world. The pickers choose and the “pickees” wait. Sitting outside the circle. Hanging on for dear life.
I know it’s fun to win, but I also know it’s even more fun to help others win. “Enabling” may be a bad word but “enabling” someone else’s fun and confidence isn’t bad at all. It’s quite lovely and frequently much more rewarding than victory.
So, can we give up the pressure of one upsmanship? Finally? At our age?
Can we just have fun? Quit with the competition stuff? Sit back and enjoy the sweet taste of win/win?
Perhaps it’s just this simple:
Good: Be in the game.
Better: Do your best.
Best: Help others do their best.
Just musings from the bench.