We are bread and shaped to believe that the finish line is the only marker we need to place our eyes on.
“My baby is really advanced for her age”
“My son is always on the honor roll”
“I was the first person to finish the test”
“My new car goes 0-60 in under 3 seconds”
“I graduated early and will be the first person to land on mars”
“I’m the fucking best at everything. You’re slow! What are you half donkey? Get out of my way!”
What if Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights was just too jacked up on Mountain Dew to think clearly when he said, “if you ain’t first, you’re last”? We giggle and repeat silly phrases like these all the time, but the truth is a lot of us convert these thoughts into harmful core beliefs.