After using up my half hour of allocated internet per day (come on Oaks hotel, get with the times!), I settle in to watch some television. Normally I would feel guilty for not performing my multitude of blogging tasks when getting home from work, but paying $10 per hour for internet is simply not acceptable. So TV it is.
At the moment, Australia’s 7 network is showing an Australia V.S. New Zealand version of The Amazing Race, and I immediately get sucked in to the crazy challenges, beautiful destinations, and funny dynamic between the teams. As much as I wish I could visit some of the destinations that the competitors do, I know there is no way I could ever participate in The Amazing Race.
I am way too competitive
You would think that being competitive would be a good thing on a game show like the Amazing Race, but I think it would work against me if I were in that situation. Being competitive means that I will constantly push myself and scheme about ways to win, but it also means that I get myself into a big wound up ball of stress. And in a situation where stumbling blocks would constantly be presented to me, that big ball of stress would probably implode.
I am way too hard on myself
I am a little bit of a control freak. I like things to be organized, and I like things to go to plan. I hate making mistakes. Whenever I do make a mistake, I end up causing more stress and pain to myself by beating myself up, than probably the actual situation would have caused anyway. Even in situations that seem almost 100% unavoidable and outside of my control, I will usually find some way to blame the outcome on something I did, or failed to do. Combine this tendency with my competitiveness, and the nature of the game show, and I would probably end up having a mental breakdown.
I expect way too much from everyone
My husband will say that I expect too much from everyone, but I will say I expect just enough. As I said above, I have (sometimes) unrealistic expectations for myself. The problem is that, in a team playing situation, I also expect everyone else to rise to the same standard I set for myself – even if that standard may be impossible to reach.
I dont think I have any relationship strong enough to withstand the pressures of the Amazing Race
In fact, I would probably do much better if my team mate was a stranger or an acquaintance, as I would be less likely to set unrealistic expectations for them, and I would be more likely to “go with the flow”, instead of trying to micro manage every detail.
Traveling so fast, would break my heart
Last night the contestants traveled from Thailand, to Namibia, to Russia, spending just a day in each country. Doing something like that would just break my heart. I like to travel slow, and I hate to revisit a destination unless it is one I particularly love. I tend to travel in such a way, that I see all the sights that interest me, and can then check the country off my list with confidence that I did and saw everything I set out to. The nature of The Amazing Race is exactly the opposite. Contestants get a short taste of local culture and traditions, they see some of the major sights from the corner of their eye – but they don’t get to properly experience any of it. That would just break my heart.