How to not win a contest/Como no ganar un concurso

sábado, octubre 18, 2014


Last month I participated in two contests and I didn't win. Then I thought that rather than being sad, I could write a fun post.
I participated for two competitions, one was at school, it was a literary contest where you had to write and I decided to make a short story. I showed it to many people and they liked it, and also I love writing the story, so I had my hopes high. Never do that. In competitions you always got to think you're not going to win. Yesterday they told who won, and before they announced who had won I was nervous and trembling. The most embarrassing thing? I thought they were going to call all those who won and those who had not, and I told my friends in joke that they should applaud me. Well. They didn't call me. And I think it took me the rest of the announcement realize that I hadn't been called and that I didn't even won the third place. And understand me, for someone who loves to write that it's pretty hard. Luckily I have good friends who told me that for them my story was really good, and that in a competition that things happened and that doesn't mean that my story is bad. After that I thought about left school and join the circus. Nah, it's just a joke. But yes, I hesitated about five minutes if I was made ​​for this. The truth is I still do not know if I'm made for this, but while I was writing the story, the words came out alone and I had fun doing it, and that only means one thing, that writing makes me happy. And the most successful people in the world, had been rejected a thousand times, well, maybe not all, but a large majority do. Then I shouldn't discourage myself, I should try harder the next time. That is the key, maybe not to win a contest, but to win in life.
The second contest that I participated was one of disney Radio here in Argentina. And in other countries worldwide. It was a contest to travel to the USA to meet one of my favorite bands, 5 seconds of summer. We participated with some friends, and the good thing is that if I won, I could go to USA with another friend, according to the contest rules. All you had to do was write what the band meant for you. Also I really enjoyed writing it and expressing what the band, the boys, and their lyrics mean to me. Clearly, I didn't win. And like I am so screwed, when I found out that that girl had won, it bother me a lot (I know, is not the best thing a person has to do). I was angry because I couldn't understood why what I had written wasn't good enough. I get angry because the band is probably coming to my country in some years and let's face it, when you're obsessed with something, you want to have it in the moment you want. Again, thanks to my friends I take it easy. And the Radio contests are totally dishonest. They said that they didn't knew who had won, and they had already called the winner a week ago.
But in conclusion, I learned three things:

  1. The best things that will happen in life, they're going to cost you a lot, and you're not going to get it the first time you try, but the good thing is that the more it costs you, the better you'll feel when you get it.
  2. Never get fixated or think about because another win and not yours. Never think that yours is worse. Do not compare yourself with others because everyone is different, and different doesn't mean better or worse.
  3. Have at least one person, either a family member or a friend, it will help you a lot to not be discouraged and keep going. It may even be someone who you don't know so much, but it is very encouraging that someone tells you that your dream can be fulfilled, not matter if it's actually going to happen. 


El mes pasado participe de dos concursos y no gane ninguno de los dos. Entonces pense que en vez de ponerme mal podía hacer un post divertido. 
Me "presente" a dos concursos, uno era del colegio, era un concurso literario donde tenias que escribir y yo decidí hacer un cuento breve. La cosa es que se lo mostré a mucha gente y les gusto mucho, y a mi me había encantando escribirlo, entonces me esperance un poco. Nunca lo hagas. En los concursos siempre tenes que pensar que no vas a ganar. Ayer dijeron quienes ganaron, y antes de que lo anuncien yo estaba nerviosa y temblaba. ¿Lo mas vergonzoso? creí que iban a llamar a todos, los que habían ganado y los que no, y yo les decía a mis amigas en chiste que me aplaudan. Bueno. No me llamaron. No subí  Y creo que me tomo el resto del acto darme cuenta de que no me habían llamado y de que ni siquiera había ganado el tercer puesto. Y entiendame, para alguien que ama escribir eso es bastante duro. Por suerte tengo muy buenas amigas que me dijeron que para ellas mi cuento estaba muy bien, y que en un concurso las cosas son así y eso no significa que mi cuento haya resultado malo. Después de eso pensé dejar el colegio y unirme al circo. Nah, es solo un chiste. Pero si por unos cinco minutos dude que yo estuviera hecha para eso. La verdad es que todavía no se si estoy hecha para eso, pero mientras escribía el cuento, las palabras me salían solas y me divertí mucho haciéndolo  y eso solo quiere decir una cosa, que escribir me hace feliz. Y a las personas mas exitosas del mundo las rechazaron unas miles de veces, bueno, tal vez no a todas, pero a una gran mayoría si. Entonces no me tenia que desanimar, sino que tengo que intentarlo con mas fuerza la próxima vez. Esa es la clave, no para ganar un concurso, sino para ganar en la vida.
El segundo concurso al que me presente fue uno que hacia radio disney acá en la Argentina. Y en otros países del mundo. Era un concurso para viajar a eeuu a conocer a una de mis bandas favoritas, 5 seconds of summer. Participamos con unas amigas, y lo bueno es que si ganaba una, podía llevar a otra amiga, según las bases del concurso. Lo único que tenias que hacer era escribir que significaba la banda para vos. Cambien disfrute mucho escribiéndolo y expresando lo que la banda, los chicos, y sus letras significan para mi. Claramente, tampoco gane. Y como soy tan jodida cuando me entere que chica había ganado, me moleste muchísimo (lo se, no es lo mejor que una persona tiene que hacer). Me enoje porque no entendía que había escrito yo que era menos que lo que ella había escrito. Me enoje porque seguramente vengan en muchos años al país y digamos la verdad, cuando estas obsesionado con algo, queres tenerlo ya. Nuevamente, gracias a mis amigas me desenoje y entendí que los concursos son así  Y que los concursos de las radio son totalmente deshonestos. Nos seguían ilusionando con que no sabían quien había ganado cuando ya habían llamado a la ganadora como hace una semana. 
Pero como conclusión, aprendí tres cosas:

  1. Las mejores cosas que te van a pasar en la vida, van a costarte muchísimo  y no las vas a conseguir a la primera vez que lo intentes, pero lo bueno es que cuanto mas te cueste, mejor te vas a sentir cuando lo consigas. 
  2. Nunca te fijes o pienses en porque lo del otro gano y lo tuyo no. Nunca pienses que lo tuyo es peor. No te compares con el otro porque todos somos diferentes, y diferente no significa peor o mejor.
  3. Tener al menos una persona, ya sea un familiar o un amigo, va a ayudarte muchisimo para no desalentarte y seguir adelante. Hasta puede ser alguien que ni siquiera conozcas mucho, pero es muy alentador que alguien te diga que tu sueño se puede cumplir, por mas que tal vez no se vaya a cumplir, es importantisimo

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