Raising Oneself Through Competition

We live in very, very way competitive world.  One look around and there is no place or situation where there is no competition. Right from birth through to death passed ,we passed through a process called, no not life but competition.From  the healthiest and cutest baby to who’s kid is the cleverest in nursery to ranks and toppers in school to colleges and post graduates and finally in professional life until someday somebody stresses out and end it all.So high is the competition combined with expectations from it that the number of suicides among students. As per India Times report, is worsening  by the day. As per the report  in the three years from 2014-2016, as many as 26,476 students have killed themselves in the country,  quoting a latest  data sent to the ministry of home affairs by all  Indian states  and union territories . The data highlighted that the number for 2016 stood at 9,474 that’s one suicide every 55 minute  and all because of competition and depressions. And according  to sociologist  Samata B. Deshmane ” Society is transforming , and people are finding  it difficult to cope with it , whether it is apparent or otherwise .One of the oldest definitions of our species says that we are social animals , but today we are less social and more individualistic. Apart from things like caste and religion , which also unite people at a superficial level, people are forced to be competitive and worry only  about oneself, often depriving several others of a cushion .”   

Yes, life  is a competition but it should not be a race against anyone else but against oneself. But the sad truth of the world is that we are all pitched against each other, to compete and see who is better than  the other. To see who become doctor , a civil service officer, a lecturer and who stays as a farmer , a  labourer or a carpenter, when the truth is these  professions   are all important in their angles and are dependent on each other too. No civil service officer or professor  will be able to do without the work contribution of a farmer or a carpenter and vice versa .However , in the society that we live in, we are made to think that one service is higher and better than the other ,and thus make to be competitive while we  stress ourselves out. And the outcome? We are made to felt less important and that our work or efforts are of no important and that our work  or efforts are of no importance. That one is lesser or lower than the other and is of no value to the society or the  community all  thanks to competition .And of course ,in the long run many have given up, even on their lives and thus ending it.

It is perhaps time we change the way we think about competition and winners. While we compete so much, thinking what the society will think of us if we do not succeed, we have forgotten to live . We just  race ahead under pressure and that is where we burn. Therefore, it is important that we take time and think what competition really means. Does it mean beating  everyone and staying ahead of the opponent? Or does it mean being better  yourself that the person you were yesterday? the famous rapper and music producer  Jay Z wrote in one of his songs ,”I look in the mirror, opponent “. Perhaps,  that is what the real meaning of competition should be against ourselves, to be a better person, a better worker, a better  professional, a better husband , wife, son, daughter, etc . Because, in the end competition and being a winner is about going out there and giving  your 100 percent regardless of what the society or the people will say. Yes, there is nothing wrong in keeping scores too but keep to judge yourself and see how you have improve from yesterday.Competition has been known to destroy the world. The ‘ Unsinkable’ titanic sank because, rumours have it that the captain wanted the ship to beat the speed limit ever set in the oceans.  The results ? we all know how over a thousand died because of that seer thought of competition and beating everyone else. As Simone Biles ,the 2016 Olympic individual all around, vault and floor gold medalist would put it, “A successful competition for me is always going out there and putting 100 percent into whatever  I’m doing. It’s not always winning.People ,I think mistake that it’s just winning .Sometimes it could be but  for me, it’s hitting the best sets I can gaining confidence, and having a good time and having fun.” Perhaps, that is the simple way we can all compete with ourselves, and live a happier life.

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