I have long been irritated at the competitive attitude in the great US of A. I remember when my fabulous daughter rode in the Hampton Classic in the Lead Line with three hundred other darlings. Everyone who entered left the ring with a light blue ribbon. One girl left the ring with the true first place ribbon. It was hard to explain to my five-year old that she didn’t win when she was standing there with a blue ribbon in her hand saying she did. She went on to win a zillion blue ribbons in her equestrian career. She didn’t need a false start to get there.
So true and then we end up with mediocrity. And yound adults that can't handle any form of disappointment and see things as unfair. Why is it so hard to accept that some people are better at some things? I remember talking ballet and the girl in front of me was double jointed, tall and thin...versus me, short and "round" and pretty clumsy. I was 9 years old and I knew I wasnt' going to be a prima ballerina. I was ok with that.