Hola blog amigos! Monday, Monday… so good to me…

I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day.  We had a little grilled meats with the Anti-Rat’s family and relaxed together.  We have 31 bottles of freshly racked Cabernet… courtesy of the Anti-Rat and one of his projects.

I was thinking over the weekend about something that I used to get teased about all the time.  When I would play games as a kid, I hated to lose.  It’s not that I begrudged other people winning, but I just genuinely felt disappointed in myself that I lacked the skill to do it.  People would always say, “Jeez, you’re so competitive.”  I always took this negatively and I sort of resented it.  Who likes to lose? Does anyone? I don’t. And it’s not that I want to win so others can lose — it’d be nice if everyone could win!  It’s not that I wanted to be better than other people, I just wanted to be better than I happened to be.

This is actually a lapse in vocabulary on my part.  One definition of competitive means inclined, desiring or suited to compete.  Okay, what does compete mean? To strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (as position, profit, or a prize) : be in a state of rivalry.  I think I always assumed competitive connoted rivalry or wanting to win for the sake of beating someone else.  However, striving for an objective sounds pretty morally neutral and pretty much right up my alley.

Whew! So now that I know that’s okay to be competitive, I’m going to embrace my competitive nature.  I’ve got some objectives on my list and I mean to make ’em happen.  I’ll go ahead and wear that competitive label with pride!  Any other competitors out there?  What’s on your list of objectives?  Anyone else have a childhood label they hate? Maybe I can use my dictionary skillz to make it more palatable for you too!

Play like a champion today folks!