Championship Point

Posted: July 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

People who say that they’re not competitive in nature have never come in second place. Winning is glorious, and losing is tolerable, but to come so close to total victory only to be beaten by the very last obstacle, the final opponent is so thoroughly infuriating that it creates emotions you feel under no other circumstances. A mixture of joy, exhaustion, shame, disappointment, anger, and regret all rolled up into one little moment where you accept your silver medal gracefully, pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and wonder when the next time you’re going to have a chance like that will come.

It is a moment you want to end immediately and at the same time, your very being aches and hungers for just one more chance, one more push. Another minute on the clock to try and change the outcome. But it never happens that way. Once you’ve lost, you’ve lost. You can take pride in what you’ve done, and you should. There is a mountain of competitors beneath second place that would like to be where you are. But the one thing you have in common with every single vanquished foe is that you wish you won it all as well.

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