Thursday, September 16, 2010

Boo for flyball politics!

Flyball politics, what the heck does that even mean? Why do they exist and why can't they just go away? Politics have a way of always making their way into everything. It's such a shame! Boo for flyball politics!!

We all play flyball to have fun with our dogs, right? Most of us play flyball as our hobby, not for a living. Hobbies are supposed to be the fun part of our lives. There is so much crap going on in the world today, why bring politics and general nastiness into flyball?

As with life, you are not going to get along with everyone in flyball, that is a given. We are all adults and since we have made it this far in life, then I am sure everyone has gone through arguments and disagreements with people. Since we are adults and live in a civilized society, we learn to deal with these situations in a mature manner. We may not always agree with how we are treated, but then we no longer associate with those people anymore.

I guess all the tension arises because the flyball world is such a small one. This makes it nearly impossible to just walk away and no longer associate with a person or group that you no longer get along with. Maybe that is why flyball politics can get so ugly? Can't we still try to act like mature adults? Am I saying that I have always acted like this awesome mature adult that I talk about? No, I admit to being angry, hurt and acting unreasonable. But as time goes on, I can think about things rationally and I try my best to move on and look at the big picture: having fun with my dogs! They don't care what is going on with other people or other teams. They don't care what kind of politics or BS is going on. A good lesson to learn from the dogs!

We started X Flyball with one major goal in mind: to have a fun, positive experience with our dogs. In order to reach this goal we decided that we wanted nothing to do with the politics of flyball. We don't care what team you play for, what color your team is, where you live, how fast your team is, or what organization you play for. We are just out there to have fun and be as competitive as possible. As X approaches its first year as a team we have struggled to stay out of the politics of flyball, but we all feel that we are much happier for it. I hope that whatever the situation is, we can all can take the time to look at the bigger picture.