One of the things I like about track and field and really any timed sporting events, is the way every competitor has the chance for victories. Not all may medal or take the top slot, but each can set individual personal bests for themselves. I've talked about DD#2 in cross country and soccer. She loves both, but she gets more personal satisfaction out of running. With soccer, she can play the best or worst game of her season, but how the team does is ultimately up to the group as a whole. Rarely is a win or loss attributed to one player, in spite of the MVP label. For the running season, she set goals for herself, and different goals depending on the course. She surpassed her personal goals, even though statistically, she perhaps had a better season last year. These were little victories. Wins that were solely depended on herself.
This philosophy fits how I see my life in general.There are things in life that require a group-sometimes all of us-to make them work, to win. Democracy doesn't really work if people sit out. Tomorrow is election day in the US, and while this year there are no major offices on the ballot in my community, we do have a group of people running for school board, with only a few vacant seats. Who wins matters to me, as these are the folks that set the direction for the educational priorities in my community. While voter turn out will be low I am sure,I hope those that do cast a vote have done their work and understand why they vote for who they do.
In other things, it is all down to me, and how much I want to win. Comparing myself to another persons achievements, whether that is their career, their home, their family, ultimately is a lost cause. I need to set my own goals, stretch goals even, and then challenge myself to move towards the win. I'm setting up my extra account today, and in going over the books yesterday, I am going to open with $200, not the $300 I thought I had saved. While I had achieved those numbers if focused on a few budget categories, others I went over. DH also had a disappointing second check in October, so despite my third paycheck in October, vacation and payments for DD#2 activities made the budget tight. My goal though is that the new account is at $5,000, not counting interest, by this same date in 2019. If I make it, and more so if I surpass, without taking away from other savings goals, I will declare victory.
This November, I am challenging myself to Blog Every Day November, and will use the hashtag #BEDN. Wish me luck-I've tried this in September of last year, and didn't quite make it. This year perhaps!