Here’s a great post on a rowing blog, written by (drumroll please) my son Silas. It’s about athletic competition, but as proves so often true of comments about athletics, it’s really about life. Brief summary: we end life dissatisfied, no matter how well we do. It could have been more. We wish it had been more. At any level of success, we wonder if we could have reached yet another higher level.

This makes us crazy, and it also makes us who we are. It drives us to try harder and persevere longer, and it perversely makes us sad and unhappy at least as often as we are joyful and grateful.


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