Word of the Day: Competition. It happens when two parties want the same thing, and sharing is not an option. One trophy. One job. One man. Sometimes competition is real, and sometimes it is only perceived.

Will: Competition. Every one of these people or elements was a champion in their own right. But they use competing with each other to make themselves even better.
Kurt: I don’t understand how lightning is in competition with an above-ground swimming pool.
Those who have a good understanding of competition are the ones who become better. They realize that the focus is on becoming better than they were before. Those who are overcome by competition only focus on being better than others. As for the lightning, I’m pretty sure it always trumps swimming pool. Every other time, the pool’s just lucky.

“A mashup is when you take two songs and mash them together to make an even richer explosion of musical expression.” – Will
A mashup is a good metaphor for the positive spirit of competition. Two songs come together but do not destroy the other in order to emerge as the dominant sound. Rather, what results is something beautiful and each song is better than before. For some good mashups, check out Norwegian Recycling on YouTube.

“Every time I try to destroy that clutch of scab-eating mouth breathers, it only comes back stronger like some sexually ambiguous horror movie villain.” – Sue
Sue is one of those people who doesn’t understand the spirit of healthy competition. She finds success by destroying others rather than bettering herself. Glee on the other hand, come back stronger because Sue’s attacks don’t expose weaknesses but rather give them opportunities for improvement.

“Don’t bend or break, baby, don’t back down.” – Bon Jovi
Persistance wins competitions. I knew Bon Jovi was wise.

Rachel: I know everyone expects us to be enemies and be in competition, but I don’t hate you.
Quinn: Why not? I’ve been awful to you.
Rachel: That was before you knew what it felt like to be me. An outsider.
Competition isn’t always real. I think that’s when it can be the most damaging, because you are unnecessarily focused on an imaginary prize. You take others down, even if they are not standing in your way. I’ve found myself in competition with others, though they were unaware of it. I lost a friendship because I saw my friend as an enemy instead. It wasn’t until I realized we were on the same side that we became friends again. (Truth is, there was an unexpected third party. My friend and I rekindled our relationship when we realized we both lost, and we understood what it was like to be the other person.)

“I know you have this thing about being clean. Now I can’t promise to pick up my underwear or squeegee the shower door, but I can promise to keep you life clean of sadness and loneliness and any other dark clouds that might float into it.” – Ken
This doesn’t have anything to do with the theme of competition, but I gotta say, who can compete with this speech?! Ken is probably one of the more sensible adults on the show, as much as I may hate to admit that. And though I’m a female, I think I am most similar to Ken out of all the characters.

“You might think there’s some kind of competition going on between you and I, but that’s like saying a nail is competing with a hammer.” – Terri
I’ve been on the receiving end of this statement before, though at the time, I was also the one saying the words. During my imaginary competition, I always saw myself as the nail and my friend as the hammer. I wanted to win so badly but kept telling myself that I never had a chance. Sure, the nail could put up a good fight, but there was no way the nail could beat the hammer. I realize now that I was my own hammer and could never win against my negative thinking.

I guess I get caught up in the competitive hysteria too. My goals are too selfish. It’s time for me to stop competing against everyone and start competing alongside them.
It’s like a mashup. Instead of trying to destroy others, how can you work with them to create something even better?


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