6.05.2014

Five on Five






I posted something recently on my instagram account about Lucy finding her game. Lucy has never been the most competitive creature. She is truly the definition of a fun-loving spirit. During game nights, you'll always hear her saying, "It's not about winning. It's about having fun." This sometimes causes problems with her oldest brother who loves to compete, win and will gladly pummel her in a game of Sorry. Oh, those are fun times! <insert sarcasm here>

Competition is something I've always struggled with, too. Growing up basically an only child until about the age of thirteen, competing is something that I just didn't have to do. I had all my parents attention and never felt threatened by my younger siblings. They were just too cute to want to beat. Lucy instinctively knows that life is about the process and placing value on experiences over taking score. Dare I say it, it's about the journey (sorry about the oprahesque moment, there.) So, fostering and nurturing a competitive child is something I just don't know or want to do. 

However, this past weekend she found something that she will gladly compete and win at doing. Placing fifth is not what she really wanted. After each event, she would ask us what she place and was disappointed each time she didn't make it into the top three. But she found her game and will gladly pummel anyone that dares swim in the lane alongside her. 

My blog circle, five on five, is today. Please follow the link to see Erin's take on five.

8 comments:

  1. I've been wondering if my own Bean would like to do a swimming team. She is competitive but doesn't really like big sports stuff BUT she is a fish! Glad your babe could find something that she loves!

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  2. My kids haven't really found their competitiveness either (must get that from me as I am not really AT ALL). My oldest is in soccer and so far that's about it! Their dad is REALLY competitive so I'm interested to see if it comes out in them when they find something they love to do.

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  3. I can relate to this post completely. I'm not competitive either. Until I learned to swim a few years ago. Now when I'm at swim practice I can't help but want to pass everyone around me. Swimming is such a fantastic lifelong sport. I'm so happy for your daughter. :)

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  4. I'm not sure if it is a nature or nurture quality, probably a little of both. My oldest hates losing but isn't willing to put in the time to get better, maybe that will change. It's nice that your daughter has found something she loves to do and something she wants to work hard at. Love this group of photos too!

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  5. cool. my oldest is not a competitor at all....he has never been into sports...
    he is into modeling now...which he thoroughly loves...so i am just glad we found something for hims....smiles.

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  6. Love these shots. So cool your daughter found something she loves.

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  7. Lucy, I'm so proud of you! Winning is nice, but having fun is what count's. Love you and miss you, Abuelita. Liza, you must be so proud! Kisses to you all. Amo mucho! Lovem Mom

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  8. I'm not at all competitive...and I had an older brother. It's funny because he isn't competitive either and the only sport he did get into was swimming. But he was more about beating his previous times or setting a goal of a new time and trying to reach it. So, he was more just trying to make and meet new goals. I'm kind of the same way - I like to run and it's solely about setting a goal and reaching it for me. My husband on the other hand is VERY competitive and grew-up playing all kinds of sports. And even as a runner now, he still wants very much to "win" or place.
    These are great captures. I am glad that she has found a sport she enjoys! :)

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Thank you.