Winners and losers
It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. This saying has been ingrained into our minds since pre-school.
And it's true. Good sportsmanship is an admirable character trait. One that we need to get through life.
But let's get real. So is winning.
No one ever enters a competition to come in last place. We don't go on a job interview in order to receive a "thank you, but that position has been filled" email. We don't spend hours away from our loved ones practicing a double Lutz just for the mere fun of it.
Fact is, we can't all be number one, all the time. But when we are the best, we need that recognition.
So, it irks me when in today's "politically correct" world, there's no score kept at a little league game. Or when everyone gets a prize at a competition. In fact, often times the awards ceremony is longer than the competition itself.
Case in point: the dance event I went to last weekend.
They gave out the usual first, second, third, fourth and fifth place trophies. Or maybe they went to tenth place. I can't be sure because my attention was wondering away from the never-ending ceremony.
And just when I thought it was finally over, they moved on to awards that had nothing to do with dancing at all. Best costume. Best music. Most entertaining. Cutest ponytails. Happiest Smile. There was a certificate for everyone.
It went on so long, I expected the MC to turn to the audience and hand out awards to those of us who had been sitting all afternoon on the hard wooden chairs.
1. Most annoying mom - For cheering way too loudly and long
2. Most obsessive mom - For packing enough snacks to take her daughter on a road tour
3. Most fake smile - To the parent who pretended to be having the best time ever
I'm sure you get my point.
It is important how you play the game, but in the "real" world there are winners and losers. It's always important to play fair, but it's a wonderful feeling to come out on top.