The award system sometimes brings out the worst in usApril 6, 2014
So here is another SCA related post with some thoughts on how things work in our society.
And this time my thoughts are related to our awards and what it sometimes does to us.
The whole thought with the awards is to encourage people to continue doing good things – to continue teaching, working so that we all can have fun, to continue fighting or archery or woodcarving – or whatever is your favorite SCA poison.
However – it is also easy to get blinded by it.
And to get to focused on it.
I know – it is easy for me to say that awards aren’t important – having a bunch of awards.
But here comes my question:
If you do things only for the awards – will you continue once you get the award?
Or once you have climbed all the steps and achieved the ultimate goal? When there is no more award to get?
To answer this question I think you need to ask yourself another question.
What if there weren’t any awards?
What would you be doing if there were no scrolls, no special bling and no cookies?
And I know – this is generalizing things a lot. Not all people hunt awards and sometimes one award can be really desired and will really make a whole lot of difference in someones motivation.
But from time to time I think it is healthy for all of us to stop and ask ourselves:
If there were no awards in the SCA – what would I do? Would I hold sewing meetings at my house? Would I volunteer to autocrat or to hold an office? Would I do bone carving or is it really textile arts that is my thing?
This could also be a good question to ask yourself when you are having an SCA low – because we all have those too.
If there wasn’t an award system and if we never got attention for what we were accomplishing, learning, doing or making – what would I find most fun? What is it that makes ME feel good about this hobby and what motivates me?
And the answers might not be the same every time you ask the question.
And our motivations might shift.
It is not always bad to want awards.
But when awards are the only thing that motivates you – I don’t think you will ever be satisfied or feel good about this hobby.