I am competitive. I don’t mean in the sense that I like a good dose of healthy competition every once in a while, I’m talkin’ about cutthroat. If there is something to do and doing that something produces a winner and a loser…it’s on. So I’m attributing knowing this about my personality as to why I just haven’t felt like myself lately. Perhaps getting off my chest will help.
Last week it started with me coming up short in a game of air hockey. I NEVER lose at air hockey. Like, never. For years I have been talking a whole lot of game to friends, dates, and strangers alike, but I always back it up. I don’t care if you are a macho man with an ego the size of Texas or my 80-year-old grandmother…I bring the heat. But last week I lost and it’s been bugging me ever since. I’m not sure if it was lack of concentration because I have become complacent in winning, or the fact that I had on a mini dress that prevented me from getting in the proper stance, but whatever the reason I was a goal short.
Adding insult to injury, last night some fellow athletes and I had Game Night. What better way to spend a Saturday night than with a little Cranium. Word to the wise: If you like playing games just to enjoy time spent with friends and not take things too seriously, don’t play with a group of athletes. Well, needless to say, my team came in second. All day I’ve been beating myself up over not knowing that the sensosketch drawing was “clothesline” or that Lyndon Johnson was elected to the Senate by less than 100 vote victory margin. Idiot!
I’m not sure if I’m halfway normal or completely off my rocker. Are there others who are secretly competitive but just don’t let it show? You smile and congratulate the winner but secretly you are seething that your teammate couldn’t guess the humdinger version of “We will rock you.”
I just want to make sure I’m not alone. I also want to find a few other people who’d like to challenge me in air hockey. Who’s game?