Distressed of racing and listening the hackneyed phrases such as ‘it’s a competitive world’, ‘it’s about survival of the fittest’; how about taking a brief respite from the never-ending 24/7 grind.
Is life really a competition?
A sixty-four-thousand-dollar question, before resolving it, let me introduce you to ‘Life’ and ‘Competition’ and consider the question a bit.
As I googled what is Life, the answer came as ‘the period between the birth and death of a living thing, especially a human being.’
And for Competition, the answer came as ‘an event or contest in which people compete.’
Do you remember how majority of us back in high school use to analyze the competition before deciding to compete. And how about remaining others, just competing due to family and peer pressure, do they used to win? Don’t you think the winners used to be intensely passionate, referred to as having competitive spirit?
But have you ever thought about scrutinizing the competition of Life?
As life challenges trumped the curiosity; today unfortunately, subconsciously or consciously, the majority of us are competing due to peer pressure. We are no longer the drivers of our own mind.
If not even in scaled down events, then how can such people win in super-colossal race of life? Also as people became seasoned enough to gloss over their passion and feelings, we began to accept that winners don’t sweat blood and tears, and cite them as blessed.
It’s still not too late, let us stop our car now and take up the driver’s seat, fasten the belt and firstly examine the rules and track of race of life, created by humans, before heading forward:
- What is the duration of race of life? May be 60 or 70 years depending on life expectancy of individual. Can someone run for indefinite time period?
- What is the minimum criterion to be a participant? No, minimum criterion. Just being born is enough. Sounds great!
- How many competitors? All the human kind. Tight competition.
- What is the area of Competition? The Universe. Boundless!
- What is the prize at the end of the race? Death. Sounds unpleasant.
- What is the criterion of winning? To bequeath more wealth, more plush assets, more recognition and so forth.
- What is the risk factor i.e. what we lose if we don’t win? Our and our family’s happiness and health, and may be early death.
- What are the competitive strategies? Sleeping less, not eating properly, always rushing and so forth.
- What is the first aid plan? Accumulating money and succumbing to workout, yoga, meditation classes and medical facilities after the body and mind weakens. Thank God, we speculated about it.
- How are we while competing? Stressful, fearful, enraged, sullen, etc.
In childhood, to spur ourselves on to get over the anxiety of falling, we used to refer competition as ‘a learning experience’: In sports, it was about having fun and building team spirit while in examination about boosting the confidence and knowledge.
What about learning experience in the competition of life?
Is it that down the line we became far more resilient and tough that we don’t require any motivation to face the largest struggle.
But ironically, there exists no usage of learning experience at the end of life, as life cannot be relived. Running away from this fact drops us with just regret at the end about not having one more chance to drive our own car.
After perusing the well-conceived regulations..
Does the competition seems worthy enough to participate?
Would you have considered participating if it hadn’t entitled ‘Life’?
If not, then why does it matter so much with just the label ‘life’?
The constant bombardment of questions might not have given you much time for mulling over, take your time to reflect upon and share your views in the comment box below.
And let us meet again soon to discuss how subtle the competition and how fierce the competitors have turned out…
One life, one chance. Either use it for yourself, or lose it for others.
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