Life & Philosophy Psychology

Life is not a contest


They say that the best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else. But the teacher, often a parent, pushes an agenda that demands high achieving results. As a result, children sprint into adulthood without having explored all their curiosity.

Parents could benefit more from their children’s sense of wonder. Children remind adults about the importance of questioning and playing again.

Somehow along the way of building a praiseworthy resume and jumping through hoops, we lose sight of what it means to be human.

Life is supposed to be challenging, without the pressure of running around a racetrack like everybody else. The point, rather, is to try stuff just because.

As adults, we stop dreaming and become working automatons instead. Life may be a contest, a Darwinian struggle, but there’s no doubt that there’s more to it than collecting accolades inside a cubicle.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.