I am a HUGE fan of The Amazing Race. I started watching it when it was in it’s 7th season and always dreamed of being on the show. Imagine it… a free tour of the world with a friend or loved one AND the chance to win a million dollars, what could be better than that?!
For the many years I had watched The Amazing Race it always bummed me out that I couldn’t be on the show because I lived in Canada. Naturally one of the first things I thought after receiving my Greencard to live in America was “Holy shit, I can be on the Race!” I often like to pretend I’ve been chosen to be on the race and I have the option to choose my partner.
Having a great partner is the most important decision one could make – Would I want to go with my spouse and put our relationship at risk if we lost? Could I stand going with my older sister who would automatically assume the leadership role? Going with my mom or dad would be difficult because the parents usually dominate the team’s decision making. It’s a tough call. My favourite Race teams are usually the “best friends” teams. They are usually more in tune with one another and play to each other’s strengths.
So, what could I bring to my Amazing Race team?
I’d be a great team mate because of…
– My sense of direction. I never seem to get lost and am always able to “get my bearings” no matter where I am. Plus, I’m always willing to ask for help if I need it.
– My personality. I would consider myself a people person and would be able to work well with other teams without letting on that I’m secretly plotting against them.
– My ability to make quick decisions. Do I want to search for an item in a busy super market or pull a heavy cart filled with coffins to the local coffin maker? EASY. Pull the cart.
– My ability to be a leader but also take direction. Egos are an easy way to lose the race and I don’t have much of an ego. I can be assertive but would gladly listen to my partner if they had a great idea.
– My ability to deal with ‘extreme’ challenges. Bungee jump? Sure why not! Scale the outside of a large building? Bring it on!
I’d be a bad team mate because…
– I do not eat meat. Would I eat meat for a million dollars? Probably. But any sort of eating challenge would put my team at a great disadvantage as it would take me a while to get through the challenge.
– I am a weakling. Most contestants work out like crazy before filming of The Race, but working out can only do so much. I would rely heavily on my other team mate in physical challenges.
– I am unorganized. I could easily misplace a clue or forget to hand in a Travelocity Roaming Gnome to Phil (heaven forbid!). My teammate would have to make up for my lack of organization.
– I am not always cool under pressure. You could call me a spazz.
I would be so happy if I ever got the chance to be a contestant, especially if I made it all the way to the end. I should probably start working out now in case my dream ever came true.
Would you be willing to go on a race around the world worth $1 million USD? What would be your biggest strength and weakness on this kind of adventure?