Despite the fact I work in PR – probably one of the most competitive industries in the world – I am not by nature a particularly competitive person.
Maybe it’s because of my job that in my personal life I’m not like that. I really don’t care if I win or lose, which doesn’t quite fit with people’s first impression of me.
Most assume I am this fiery and feisty character who has to be the best at everything.
Actually the opposite is true, which is why I never play board games, go bowling, or belong to any sports team.
But over the bank holiday something changed. My partner Matt had arranged for us to go out with our ‘bank holiday crowd’.
This is starting to become quite a tradition. We meet up with a group of people he knows through work and go and do something.
This time around we met them at the Bowlplex in Gunwharf. Now, given that I don’t really like bowling and am not fussed about winning or losing, I was more than a little disappointed with the choice of venue.
But anyway we went along with it and after three cocktails I was really starting to get into the game.
Obviously, I came last in the first round – as per usual. But somehow the intake of alcohol seemed to improve my aim and I started developing quite a knack for knocking over the ten pins.
I just seemed to get better and better. And the really amazing-but-true bit is that I went on to WIN!
Now I’ve already said that winning or losing has never really meant much to me. I couldn’t see why people got so worked up about it.
But I was so excited at my unexpected victory that I did a mini lap of honour round the bowling lanes.
I admit this was slightly embarrassing considering that we were with Matt’s work colleagues and he’ll probably get some stick for my actions.
I couldn’t help it though. I ended up beating Aaron (even if it was by only three points) and he’s known as a very good bowler. And if you don’t believe it, I’ve kept a print-out of the scores to prove it!