2017 is soon upon us. I was hoping to be more excited about this next chapter in our history, but alas, I’m left feeling more contemplative and analytical. Not just about the state of our nation, but also about the state of pageantry. The next President of the United States spent more time in 2016 on Twitter than he did on the campaign trail. And he spent much of that time on Twitter and in front of the media proclaiming the system was rigged against him and that he would not accept any result other than his election. He also went to extra length to disqualify his opponents through technicalities and legalities. Following his election, that very sentiment he was so eager to callout, that the system was rigged, disappeared.
I can’t help but find similarities in pageantry. When the results aren’t what a contestant or their team may want, or expect, the public response is not in celebration of the process, the efforts of those involved or the person crowned, it’s scrutiny over their qualification as the winner, the judge’s qualification, and ultimately an implication or direct accusation that the process and the system is rigged against them.
When these contestants return, and in instances win, what makes the system different? Integrity, which is the title of the USofA newsletter, and symbol by which we reign, is needed when choosing to compete. The merits of competing should outweigh “winning” and more effort toward improving ourselves in this craft and the packages we present should take precedent. Being the crowned winner does not mean that those not crowned have lost. Participation alone brings value to the individual. Effort, discipline, ambition…the pursuit…these are qualities of success. Not just a crown. By competing, you have proven successful. Yet, the technicalities or presumptions that many feel, contribute to undesirable results seem to overshadow the very sentiment that IS pageantry, which is to inspire us to continue to pursue excellence and to challenge ourselves in this craft. Participating in the mindset that fairness is nonexistent or lacks integrity proves a lack of understanding of what it means to participate, and a lack of qualification should that top spot be achieved. Continue reading A Limitless Skyy – December Edition