As summer flies by my biggest volunteer week of the year is here! I will be acting as Director of the Miss Aitkin Scholarship Pageant for the first and last time this week. Back in the summer before my senior year of high school, I was a candidate. I didn’t end up as royalty, I don’t consider myself a failure. I’m not always Team Oprah, but today I am.
These days entering a scholarship pageant, or anything with the word “pageant” in the title can be quite a chance. You’re putting yourself out there to stereotypes, and critisism. But those who have experience a pageant tend to have different feelings than the passive observers. This same stereotype vs experience can be true in other parts of life.
How sad to think that people are afraid to try something just because of what they assume people will assume about them. Take the chance, try something new. Even if you “fail” or don’t win the crown, you’re still taking a step towards greatness.
Have you ever failed at something only to realize the experience helped you in the long run?
Anyone else have a “secret” pageant in their background?