I Absolutely Hate Competition

I’m a big fan of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate games. Many people suggested I go to a local tournament where I could improve and not have to suffer through the downsides of online input lag.

At the tournaments (I attended three), I lost far more than I won. My enthusiasm quickly evaporates. After a few losses, I tilt, then I don’t try. Why bother, when I know I’m going to lose anyway?

The fact is that I despise competition.

I feel humiliated when I lose, and guilty if I win. Why make someone feel that all their hard work has gone to waste by snatching a win from them? What have I done to deserve that? Yet when I’m the one who’s losing, it’s like a confirmation that I’m a failure. I left the last tournament in tears, leaving the victorious winners behind with a heavy heart, accepting I’ll never improve at such a fast-paced competitive game.

So I quit Smash. And my life is a lot better for it.

adventure-1807524_1280

Does that mean I’ll miss out on things in life? I don’t work hard on this blog because I hate competing against other websites. Every day, I feel like quitting my dream to be a fiction writer because the competition has never been fiercer. I don’t play any sports or PVP games because I despise going against a fellow human.

The fact is that I’m a lot happier working with people instead of against them.

I know I’m using video games in many examples here, but stay with me. There’s another game series, Monster Hunter, where players connect online to fight together against the in-world monsters. A cooperative game, players give each other advice and items to beat the monsters and clear quests. Although Monster Hunter isn’t my favourite game of all time, I always left feeling happy and satisfied – exactly how you should feel after playing a game. There was no PVP competition; in fact, we united to defeat enemies together.

If you hate competition, it might just be because you’d rather work with people instead of against them. And there’s nothing wrong with that. This world is too full of competition, and not only in sports and games but in everyday life – job interviews, selling products, even love. Who has time for all that? I’m working towards building others up, not tearing them down. So should we all.

5 thoughts on “I Absolutely Hate Competition

  1. Poppy, I see what you mean. I don’t compete with anyone but myself, and that has (and still does make) the difference. Now I don’t actually care who thinks what of what, how often and where I write; I do it for me and if anyone gets anything positive from it well, that’s a bonus.

    Trouble is that, if you look had and keep your eyes open, nearly everyone tries to make a competition out of everything. Take it to its illogical extreme and you’ll end up doing nothing.

    Make sure that you don’t cut off your nose to spite your face (as my mum used to say). If you love something do it; if others want to make a competition out of it don’t play their game, stick to your principles. You’ll find many people who want to work together, build together, not compete; it’s just they tend to be quieter and in the background.

    Ciao

    Like

  2. You make an excellent point. Competitive people will think it’s because you can’t cope with losing, but I also find working in collaboration much more satisfying.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s