No matter how much you try to love everyone, there's always that one person you hate. Or multiple people. Or more than multiple people.
I frowned, and continued writing in the journal.
Sure, you really try to connect with them, but after a while, you kinda just give up. Then you start hating them for the stupidest reasons, judge them unfairly, everything you can do without simply murdering them on the spot. So I guess that it's the reason why people aren't gonna agree with each other for quite some time- we just can't help but hate each other sometimes.
I groaned and leaned back in my chair, dropping the pen down on my desk. It was bad enough that I had to write during the weekend- I had to write about rivalry, of all things.
Okay, actually, I imposed that on myself, but I really didn't want to get into the specifics. I mean, no use telling myself that I promised I'd at least try to do all the themes, right?
Rivalry was a kind of strange theme to have, especially at the beginning, I guess. I wasn't quite sure how to explain it, because it was like hating each other but not really, and I really didn't know how to explain it, because all of my hate usually was directed at people at least semi-passively, or something, and not quite as openly as a rival, or something...
So I kind of just took from my knowledge of enemies and stuck it on there. But seeing as it all just sounded wrong made me frustrated. It was obvious that a rival wasn't just an enemy.
So just what made someone a rival?
I was watching Pokémon- okay, I was supposed to be doing my homework, but I guess I did become a little distracted.
Okay, I've been watching for a lot more than an hour. You got me.
But anyways, I was watching Pokémon, when Ash found Gary and they started calling each other rivals. And other stuff, like losers.
Therefore, I guessed, in a purely Pokémon-esque form of the term, a rival was someone who battled against another, or something.
But Ash and Gary turned out to be friends, right...? Sometime or another? I mean, at least in the later series, they weren't simply battling because they hated each other, but they wanted to help each other get better, right...?
And then I facepalmed as I realized that -duh- rivals weren't just enemies. Sure, they might have hated each other, and sure, some if them were enemies- but they probably just were trying to be the best.
They didn't have to hate each other, didn't have to be on opposing sides of an argument. They just wanted to be...
The best that they could be.
And so just because they fought against each other didn't mean that they didn't share anything in common. Just because they were pitted against each other didn't mean that they wouldn't try and help each other.
Rivals weren't enemies, not necessarily... They were just trying to win. Possibly even together.
What did I just- oh dear.
I probably needed to get some sleep. And then knock some sense into myself. And then cross my heart and hope that the next theme was a relatively sense-making one, at least to me, because...
I don't think any of us really got that last part back there.