I think everyone has that one person in their life that does things just a little bit better than them.
For some folks, that’s an enemy who they can’t stand. For others it can be a friend.
For me … it’s my wife.
It doesn’t matter what I do, how hard I work or how much I try to refine my skills, I turn around and there is Holly, breezing through whatever that thing may be with a smile and doing it better than me.
It drives my insane.
I’m being a little facetious – but only just a little. It’s good that she is good at the things because I’m a big believer in competition, so she makes me better. But then again I’m a big believer in competition, which means I can get a little pouty when I’m not “winning.”
Even down to the most basic things, she does them better. For instance, when it’s time to clean the house. I can give it a deep clean, scrub every surface in the home, clean the floors and fluff every pillow in the home and knock it out in a an hour, maybe a hour and a half. That’s a time I’m proud of.
Meanwhile, if Holly is home and we plan to clean, I can walk to the mailbox, turn around and come back and she has the entire house done and she is sitting down working on dinner already. How does she do that?
Last week we both went to the tanning bed to lay for 15 minutes. She did it faster than me. Again, I ask, how does she do that?
And it isn’t just speed that she gets me on – it’s quality. I’ve worked my entire life on being a decent photographer. At work I’m nowhere near as active in news photography as I used to be, but in my day photography was my favorite part of the job. I read literature and websites and watched tutorials on fine-tuning my camera settings and how to shoot in certain light and situations, etc. And I think I’m a good photographer – not great, but good.
Then there is Holly, who basically picked up my camera one day, licked the air and tasted where the good photos were, spun around, took one and won a Tennessee Press Association award for it. First place.
Not that I’m jealous. But how does she do that?
One day I’ll catch up to her – but I’m sure by then she will be miles ahead of me again. How will she do that?
–Josh Peterson is the publisher of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the publisher’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column and best personal column. The National Newspaper Association named him “Top 30 Under 30” of newspaper professionals in 2016. He can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29