When I was younger, my family would play board games. Seems pretty normal, a family that plays board games together and has a fun time joking and messing around. Normal was not a common description when it came to games in my house growing up. We wouldn’t play games just for fun, we would play them to win.
It sounds a little intense, but that’s because it was. My family is a strong willed, independent, and win hungry bunch. I love that about my family. They
have taught me to never settle and to always strive to be the best I can be. Granted, it spills over into my social life and certain things that are supposed to be “just for fun”, but that’s okay. It’s okay with me that I can get a little too competitive sometimes because I would rather be a go-getter than anything else.
At family events I am always joked about for being so competitive and into certain games and activities, but I don’t mind anymore. At first, when I was younger, I used to get frustrated by it and I didn’t understand why no one else would care as much as I did about a beach volleyball game or marco polo in the pool. Now, I understand that some people just don’t care about winning, especially when it comes to summer backyard games with your 60-year-old grandma.
None the less I’ll still continue to be the overachieving, constantly moving forward, and win craving person that I have always been. I am thankful to have a family that believes in me so much and pushed me to be the person I am today. It only takes a small toll now of my friends having to deal with my intense strategies when playing monopoly on a Wednesday night.
If you’re the competitive one in your friend group or family, don’t be ashamed or embarrassed. Be proud of your ability to seek triumph and glory! Go out there and win whatever it is you desire!