7 Signs You're Naturally Competitive

7 Signs You're Naturally Competitive

You just can't help it.

There are people who are naturally competitive, and I feel like I am one of those people. As someone who grew up playing sports (and now someone who is no longer playing competitively), I've noticed how those of us who have that natural competitiveness have showcased this trait in non-athletic capacities. And chances are, if you find yourself nodding along to this list, you are one of us.

1. You keep track of the cars around you on the interstate.

As much as you may want to drive completely relaxed, you know which cars you've passed, and which ones have caught up and have now passed you. And you must pass them. You must. Also, when someone has been tailgating you, and they seem like they are about to angrily speed around you, you speed up. Just a bit. Just so that it makes it hard for them to pass you.

We can't help it.

2. You always work out better with friends.

It doesn't matter if y'all are going for a run or doing weights. You feel strangely incomplete if you're not a step ahead, or lifting just a little bit more. Because even if there's really no way to win (as getting up and working out is probably what should be considered a win), you still want to win. But you always get a better workout with a friend. Especially for those of us who played sports with friends, we've learned that they are the best people to push you harder.

3. You want to keep ahead in binge-watching.

Talking to your friends who are binge-watching the same television shows you are, and finding that they are a whole season ahead of you is unsettling. However, my only personal exclusion to this issue is with scary television shows, because I refuse to watch them alone. I will forever be behind on "Bates Motel."

4. You realize that your competitive nature didn't start with sports.

The fact that I clearly remember the need to build the best Webkinz mansion in existence, as well as the fact that I would keep re-challenging opponents I lost to in multi-player games until I beat them is a little embarrassing. But, at least nine-year-old me had intense dedication.

5. You're competitive with yourself.

A new personal best at anything (grades, running, etc.) is the best feeling. Because nothing is better than beating your past self.

6. You think group projects are the worst.

I mean, group projects are already the worst, but when you're competitive they are horrifying. Because you want to work as part of the group, but you don't want to be annoying when people say their ideas and then you think of something you believe to be better. This frustrating situation gets 1000 times worse when you're also introverted.

7. You still get worked up over competitive situations long after it's over.

Weeks, months, years later, we can still get angry about past competitions. (Example: Do not ask a basketball player about that technical foul they got that one time [or two or three times] because said basketball player will defend their decision for whatever foul they committed.)

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Taking Breaks From Technology Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do For Your Mental Health

It can be incredibly difficult to pull yourself away from your phone and laptop, but I cannot stress enough how important it is.


Most of us can't go a few hours without checking our email, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media sites. We thrive off seeing what foods our friends are eating, what everyone is wearing or getting international news in a matter of seconds.

The internet can be an amazing thing. There's no doubt about that. However, it can also be extremely toxic.

Seeing the dark side of international politics or comparing your achievements to those of your high school friends can take extreme tolls on your mental health.

While it can be incredibly difficult to pull yourself away from your phone and laptop, I can not stress enough how important it is.

Let me pose this idea to you: turn off your phone, shut down your laptop and take a few hours (or even a day) for yourself. I'm not saying you should go full 1989 and leave your phone at home (safety first, right), but we all must ensure that we dedicate a part of our week to not using it.

Taking a long walk, going to the mall, baking or just going out with people you love can all be great detoxes. Often we become so preoccupied with looking at what others are doing and documenting what we are doing that we forget to enjoy life. Life gets so much better when we forget the world around us and just center ourselves.

Although being alone with our thoughts can be scary, it is the best thing we can do for our mental health.

Even if it's something as simple as turning off our phones and going out for drinks with our friends or going across town to get dinner from that one amazing place (without checking twitter while we wait). Any amount of disconnecting is essential to be happy.

Growing up as a millennial meant I got to see technology evolve from dial-up internet to 3D-Printing, so I know firsthand how hard it can be to pull yourself away from it. However, as I have grown older, I have come to learn just how important taking breaks from social media is. That's why we all need to do it at least once a week.

So I pose a challenge to you. The next day you don't have class or work, spend half the day with your phone on airplane mode. Then spend the day doing something you love. No social media, no answering emails. Just you, maybe your loved ones, and something that makes you happy.

There will always be time to reconnect with the media we all enjoy, but disconnecting is something we all need to work harder to do.

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