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my biggest competition school

I’ve always been a bit of a competitive soul. Not so much in the way where I would do absolutely anything to win but in the way that I’ll always push myself to do the best that I can. At the end of the day, if I’m going to have to fight for something then I’m definitely going to give it my best shot, otherwise there isn’t much of a point.

I’ve never cared all too much if I don’t end up winning or if my marks are the top of my class. Sure, I’d get a little disappointed but that’s human nature. I just try not to let it get to me. While I was sitting in my bedroom thinking about school the other day, a lot of the time I’ve been pushed into competing with other people without even wanting to.

School has always been something that I’ve tried my hardest at. I put the hours into my revision because I want to, not because anyone has made me. However, I know that my life goes a lot further than my grades. Getting through the education system though, my teachers had always felt the need to pit me against other students. It’s been annoying to say the least. The whole idea just seems ridiculous to me. It’s not helped by the fact that there were people in my class that to want to compete with me.

When it comes to school, I know a lot of us wouldn’t be going into the same career path. So, it really didn’t make any sense to me. At the end of the day, my grades are solely mine. No one is going to be asking me who I’ve beaten or who has beaten me because in the long run, none of it really matters.

Don’t get me wrong, a little bit of healthy competition is good. Over the last couple of years, though, I’ve learnt that my biggest competition is myself. In the grand scheme of things, the guy in my maths class when I was 13 isn’t going to matter as much. Becoming a better person than I was yesterday is a change that I always want to be able to make. In every way, physically and mentally, I want to be a better person. No one is perfect at the end of the day.

It’s a healthier mind set to put myself in. I know my limits and how hard I can push myself. What’s the point in competing with other people when I’m the person that’s living my life every day? It seems like a bit of a waste of energy.

So, regardless of who wants to pit me against other people, I try not to pay any attention to it. I’m my biggest competition and I’m always working on improving myself.

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  1. Thoroughly Modern Emily August 14, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    I think this is the best way to channel your competitive streak — at the end of the day, we’re racing against ourselves!


    • Saira
      August 14, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Definitely! Life’s too short to be focusing bad energy people x

  2. Cole Nemeth August 14, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    So beautifully said! It doesn’t help to compare yourself to others, but it does help to keep working on being the best version of you.

    • Saira
      August 14, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Aww, thank you! I feel like comparing yourself to others can be rather destructive at times

  3. Shannon August 14, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I think having yourself as your biggest competition is a blessing and a curse. I’m mine, and it means that I always have the motivation to do better, but I’m also my own critic. It’s a tough balance.

    – Shannon |

    • Saira
      August 14, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      That’s a really good point. Like you said, it’s a balancing act. Hopefully it’s something that’ll get better with time x

  4. Kayleigh Zara August 14, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I can totally agree with this post, I definitely think that acedmic marking schemes make it out like a hierarchy and so you feel in competition with others but now days I don’t think like that x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

    • Saira
      August 14, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      It’s helped me so much to think that way x

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