been having an ongoing jazz debate with one of my ATD’s about this for a while.
my friend is an only child and freely admits to not being particularly competitive.
whereas me, having a brother a couple years older than me am incredibly competitive and always up for a challenge.
as kids, everything was a challenge - how far can you chuck a mud bomb, how many bunny hops on your bmx can you do, arm wrestling, how long can you hold your breath, who has the longest chip on their plate, how many bits of gyprock can you kick through at the same time, guess the next advert the quickest…and so on. every minute of my childhood was a constant battle with my brother, and this competitive nature has followed me into adulthood, for sure.
was at the beach with my friend recently and we were chucking a tennis ball in the sea. the chucking quickly evolved into a full on game of catch, with scores being counted. one point for right hand catch, two for a lefty, bonus point for spectacular diving catch. all great fun!
we also had a few swimming challenges, back stroke, underwater nonsense. must’ve looked like a right couple of cunts! we definitely did, in fact. my friend thought it was very funny that I was setting all these challenges, but seemed to embrace the battles and appeared to really be having a great time.
anyway, back on topic, I have no evidence to back up this wild theory, but Imo, I think you’re far more likely to have a competitive streak if you’ve grown up with a similar aged sibling, as opposed to being an only child.
what do you think dudes?