There was a time in the not-so-distant past when I believed that “participant” trophies and awards for every child on a little league team or bowling team were silly. After all, we need to teach these kids that we don’t all win, right?
I believed in my own misguided way that it was okay for just the “winners” to get trophies. Sure, the coach should take everyone for ice cream, but they don’t all need sprinkle – “Sprinkles are for WINNERS!” You get the drift…
I believed that – I really did. Then something unexpected happened: I discovered running.
Now my wall in my workout area is adorned with bling from races in Ohio, Florida and Nevada. I’m signed up for three more in the upcoming months, each with its own medal (or at least a shirt!). I’ve never won a race. Several times I’ve been dead last, but I won that medal fair and square. Sprinkles may be for winners, but medals are for finishers, and I want mine!