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On Teamwork [20090728|13:18]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I was terrible at teamwork as a child. It's very odd that collaborative intellectual effort in my career should be so important to me as an adult. I could never learn the rules of games properly because I could never see the point of trying to win them. It always seemed more fun to try as hard as I could to do seemingly impossible things. For instance, when playing volleyball, aged seven, I remember diving way over the line, arms extended, fists clamped together, to get to a ball while all my teammates screamed, "OUT!" I even managed to heave the ball back over the net. I was thrilled at what I thought was my spectacular triumph. Unfortunately, the other team used my miraculous save to spike the ball, meaning that we lost.

It took me ages to figure out why everyone was peeved at me.

[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2009-07-28 16:10 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-29 15:14 (UTC)
If I had my way, we would then have taken a flag to the corner of the field, skipped rope for two minutes and gone hunting for a blackboard eraser.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2009-07-29 03:10 (UTC)
I have a similar story with tag football when I was about the same age. Caught the kickoff on the line and fell out of bounds. If I had let it go, it would have been a penalty. I went on to have more positive team sports experiences but this one stands out.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-07-29 15:15 (UTC)
I understand.

I eventually learnt to play some games correctly, but I never found them as enjoyable subsequently.
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