Thoughtful Thursday: Underdog
June 21, 2012
I like to root for the underdog. I don’t have a lot of sports allegiances, but the teams for whom I do have any affinity are those to whom I either have a personal connection (went to that school, lived in that city, know someone who played for the team) or they are lovable losers. I would never root for a powerful team like the Yankees — just not my style. The team to whom I have the strongest allegiance became a championship team, but it’s okay because when I started following them they were terrible.
I also like to root for the underdog with my children. Burrito and Tamale have very different strengths, and luckily they are both great at some things, rather than one or the other always being ahead as happens with some twins. They seem to alternate their firsts. One was first to walk, then a few weeks later the other was first to talk, etc.
I want both of them to succeed, of course, but for each accomplishment, I secretly root for the underdog to do well, especially when one is far ahead of the other.
My preference for underdogs is odd considering that I don’t think I could be considered an underdog in any aspect of life, at any time in my life. I have often been considered a frontrunner, in many ways.
Except family-building. I have definitely been an underdog, and then some, at fertility.
Do you root for winners or underdogs?