Some of my students are dragging into class this week, half-dead. Teens are often beyond groggy in the morning, but this has been a new breed of tired.
Then I remembered. Show choir competitions have kept a lot of them busy over the last few weekends. They meet at the school as early as 4:00 in the morning and return home as late as 2:00 the following morning.
No wonder they’re beyond exhausted.
But …they love it. They complain long and loud (which sounds suspiciously like bragging) about the wretched hours, but they keep going back for more. And more. And more.
It’s the thrill of the quest. The thrill of becoming excellent. The thrill of conquering the competition.
It drives them. And they keep getting better and better and better. The awards trickle in at first, giving them another burst of motivation. And then the accolades grow more frequent, bigger.
Kind of like writing for me (and maybe you). I keep going back for more and more and more. Hopefully, getting better and better and better.
The prize: Excellence.
Ah, the thrill of it all.
What about you? What do you work and work and work at? In what are you hoping to attain excellence? I’d love to hear from you.
And as always, thanks for stopping by.