I don’t really consider myself to be a competitive person.
In general, I would rather spend my energy cooperating with others, as opposed to trying to beat them.
However, there is one area of life which poses an exception to this rule – playing board games.
Nothing brings out the worst, most primal aspects of my personality quite like participating in a game of Monopoly, Cluedo or Kerplunk.
Logically, I am aware that getting overly competitive when playing board games is ridiculous.
I know, for example, that ‘The Game of Life’ is not as important as my actual life. However, when I am actually playing ‘The Game of Life’, the outcome of the game rapidly becomes the single most important thing in existence and I genuinely care more about the success of that teeny tiny little plastic human in their teeny tiny plastic car than I do about my actual human self.
This being said, most board games are specifically designed to encourage competitiveness. For example, the title of the game ‘Frustration’ is indicative of the fact that it is meant to induce a feeling of mild frustration in those who play it.
However, the phrase ‘mild frustration’ cannot do justice to the raw untamed rage that I experience when I am losing a board game.
It is as if all the competitiveness that I should be using in other areas of my life is stored up and released all in one go. All semblance of respectful and dignified adulthood crumbles and is replaced by an all-consuming desire to win, no matter the cost.