Everyone Deserves a Participation Trophy
Emma Lindsay

I don’t think it’s about being the best, it’s simply about being better. That is to say, not every battle is between the #1 and #2 person in the world, but the battles between #2,358,383 and #2,358,384 are still real, and to pretend like there aren’t any such things as winners and losers makes it particularly difficult to deal with the losses life hands you.

Understanding that simply showing up is not enough in many cases, and that you must compete, if not against others then against yourself, is an important part of being a useful and contributing member of society. That doesn’t mean you can’t find joy in losing, of course, which is what the most determined and driven people do in order to improve themselves.

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