A college friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook this week. It showed an award ribbon that boasted, "18th Place."
This 18th Place award comes courtesy of the 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Now, I've not been to the Farm Show. I imagine it to be somewhat bigger than the Washington County Fair that I went to every August.
Sidenote: smelly farm animals + humid August = ick. Though they do have the very best homemade lemonade there.
I'm not sure what all goes on, but isn't an award for 18th place a little much?
"Is it really necessary?" is what he captioned his picture with.
Here's my comment:
"Yes. Because everyone is a winner. Welcome to 2013 in the USA where there are no losers."
And this is the reasoning that has granted us the people who audition on American Idol that cannot sing. Instead of having winners and losers we now have a place where everyone can feel special and important.
Sorry to break it to you, kids, but there are winners and there are losers. It's a part of life, and if I'm being honest here, we are all winners and losers. There are some things that you're good at and other things that you aren't. It's called life. And life doesn't have to play fair.
I'm a winner at sales. I'm a loser as a secretary.
I'm a winner at baking. I'm a loser at decorating.
I'm a winner at....hmmm, can't think of anything else but I'm sure there's more.
I'm also a loser at a lot more things too. In fact, I'm probably more of a loser than a winner overall if we add up every little aspect in life.
But I'm good with that. And the reason I'm okay with it is because when I grew up in the 70s and 80s we had winners and we had losers.
It helps build character.