Is Fair Just a Fairy Tale?
Is Fair Just a Fairy Tale?
As I was driving home a couple of days ago, for some unknown reason my mind drifted towards The Tour de France and Lance Armstrong.
Let me preface pretty much everything else I’m about to say with this, I know just about zilch-o about either of those two topics. All I know is that Lance won a bunch of those bike races and then later admitted to doping or something which eventually cost him all of those cool trophies.
That’s really about it, but I still really used to respect the guy. His cameo in the movie ‘Dodgeball’ is one of my all time favorite movie scenes, and even though I know nothing about the TDF, I thought that guy was pretty cool and inspiring.
Fast forward to today. Is there a fair sport left? I find myself assuming that a large percentage of pro athletes are somehow ‘enhancing’ their performance one way or another, and it just kind of sucks.
I miss the days when sports were just about who had trained harder, had more skill, and wanted to win the most. I’m a big fan of MMA, and really enjoy the old original UFC fights that were just about seeing who was the toughest guy. There wasn’t an overly dramatized reality show trying to turn it into a teenage drama, it was just a grueling battle of power, courage, and skill to see who would rise as the victor.
At least that was always my perception with sports and life in general. Any more though, I always find myself wondering what “they” are doing to be so much better than everyone else. Is fair just a fairy tale?
What in life is there that is 100% fair? I really can’t think of anything at all, and it’s definitely not all bad stuff either.
- It’s not fair that one person is born in a country filled with first world problems like not liking the temperature of my morning coffee when someone else born in a 3rd world hasn’t eaten for days.
- It’s not fair that one person works their hardest at a job and gives it 100%, but then the promotion goes to a personal friend of the boss.
- It’s not fair that people like you because you’re good-looking and shun the other person because they don’t think they are.
- It’s not fair that some people are born with talent oozing from every pore in their lazy-do-nothing-bodies while someone else has to work three times harder just to be slightly below average.
- It’s not fair that some people are surrounded by friends and family who lift them up, encourage them, and help them when they fall – while others are neglected and abandoned by all the people who should have filled those roles in their lives.
Maybe you’re on the, “I’ve got it pretty good side.” Or maybe you’re on the, “Life kinda sucks right now side.”
I guess that when I’ve finally walked to the end of this thought trail, I decide that I don’t expect life to be fair. I wish it was sometimes, and other times I’m glad it isn’t.
I don’t expect to have all the opportunities that someone else has. I don’t expect that my competition is playing by the rules, but I also know that I’ve grown immensely as a person by navigating the challenges I’ve walked through when my life wasn’t fair.
Sometimes the greatest advantage you’ll ever have in life is learning that you have the power to overcome your disadvantage. When you learn that you have an inner strength that supersedes talent, ability, and charisma – you won’t stop when you reach the next wall. You’ll break through it, climb over it, dig under it, or persuade someone to open a door so that you can walk through it.
I think that I’m also persuaded that there is a greater scale than that which our own minds and perceptions can comprehend. A scale in which all of our thoughts, potentials, talents, and handicaps are taken into account. A scale that is held in the hand of an all-knowing and all-seeing Creator, and I suspect that regardless of how unfair life may seem – the scale always tips in our favor when we allow His involvement.