Writing Prompt: Success 365 days

Tell us about a time where everything you’d hoped would happen actually did.


My younger brother, Anis, was very competitive in his studies, he loved to come first in his exams. In their school if a student came first in the class exams,their name would be first in the class register, they didn’t use alphabetical order. 

My brother was very happy to have his name on top of all the names. 

One morning before going to school he told me to pray because his exam results would be out that day and he wanted his name to remain  on top of the list. I was certain he had nothing to worry and I assured him not to have any doubts.

It was after 5:30 pm, there was no sign of my brother, I started to have an eerie feeling perhaps my brother did not make it. I’m angry with myself when my optimism turns into pessimism. I kept hoping my thoughts were deceiving me.

Every few minutes I looked out the window and started pacing ,I was tired and sat down,suddenly I heard some voices outdoors, I looked out the window, the scene still haunts me,my brother was held by three of his friends,he was crying. I knew it was a bad sign.

One of them yelled out,”he missed the first place by two points, God he said I never cried this hard when I failed.”

Mom was concerned she immediately went to my brother’s school, she came back relieved and happy. She told me, “he came second.” I looked at her totally surprised, I said:

“Mom what did you think?”

“I thought he failed she said.”

My mother had no idea about her son’s ability!



Writing Prompt: Competition

What activity,task,or game most brings out your competitive streak?

I usually take each one seriously. If it is a task and I have a few people doing it ,my competitive streak is energized I get a feeling I must excel in it or in other words do better than the rest.

If it is an indoor game for e.g., a board game the level of my competitive streak rises, I try to win, against anyone even if it’s my own daughter.

I know I won’t be able to do well in outdoor games so I relax and play without any stress.

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