Why do we always look for the best?
Why, I wonder, is there a perpetual quest
To find that elusive element of superiority
In everything we own, or do- when the majority
Of our life is spent somewhere in-between
Why do we aim for perfection unseen?
Yet another question comes to my mind
How is the very best of everything defined?
The higher you look, the higher the bar
What seems near becomes increasingly far
So there’s a mirage we might end up chasing
Ignoring the journey that might be amazing..
Those were my thoughts as one fine day
I spent introspecting, not content with the way
My life and career seemed to progress-
An average pace seemed inadequate, I confess
I longed to strive towards the “best”
However I could not put to rest
The question of how to define this term
The uncertainty of this answer made me squirm
I could do better, but the best seemed to be
A nebulous concept removed from reality..
After intense mental exercise I concluded
The answer to the question that had eluded
Me was that “best”was a term relative
For each individual, its aim was to give
Each individual some boost to do “better”
So, better or best, it did not matter-
While “best” is the point of satisfaction individual
“Better ” indicates discontentment residual
So the gist of all this is (simplified)-
I shall strive to be better, and once satisfied
I shall consider myself to be the “best”
Thus my conundrum is laid to rest!