I used to be competitive in Ballroom and Latin Dancing when I was in my mid to late teens,and I did very well with my medals in both genres. I was very competitive in my schoolwork.(except for sports related things!! Hee Hee!!)I adored any thing academic at school,and was lucky enough to have a very good memory.I did very well without trying which seemed so unfair when others struggled so much.I was hopeless at Monopoly,but brilliant at Scrabble which I always seemed to win without any effort!! I have never been a bad loser,so I never really worried if I did not win whatever I was doing.I would just try harder next time.If there had been a prize for the messiest bedroom when I was a kid,I would have won that every single day!!! It was appalling,except for my precious books which were always the tidiest in the world!! As an older person with a shockingly painful illness,I have no desire to actually compete at anything
anymore.I just do my best at all I do,and am happy knowing this is the case.
Having seriously been involved in various Sports since an 8yo, yes, I was exceptionally competitive.
Wouldn't have reached the top of those Sports if I hadn't been.
At School, was in Swimming, Life Saving, Tennis, Netball, Ball Games, Athletics, Hurdling, High Jumping, & Marching.
Was an Interschool representative in 8 of the above.
Was Captain in 4 of them, for School, & more for Interschool.
Was Open, & Senior School Swimming Champion for two years' running.
Was the youngest schoolchild, at the time, in the State, to be awarded the highest medal applicable in Lifesaving, the Award of Merit.
Was Captain of Past Pupils' Swimming Team for several years'.
I competed in various Horse Events at my State's Royal Show, as well, for many years'.
So it took much hard work, for all the above, but I really loved it all!
When I started work, I competed with myself, to be the best I could. I topped Exams, & was Dux of Class, on several occasions.
I was disappointed in myself if I didn't achieve highly.
I was told a couple of times that I set 'too high a standard for myself'!
Well, that's the only way I know!
Now in my dotage, the 'fires' are all but burned out! I take a day at a time only. I enjoy seeing my children, & grandchild.
I suppose now, there's not much to be competitive about!
Such is life!