As I was packing up my entry for this year's GBWC, preparing to head home, I thought of penning down some thoughts. First of all, a big thanks to friends who offered congratulatory handshakes (I got a Merit mention LOL). Some guys shared their views about the results, which I shall keep strictly between us since we're all entitled to our own opinions but not necessarily to air them. Which leads me to mine, if anyone cares at all that is, heh -
How do I feel about my own result? Well I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. Winning is not everything, but we all want some form of recognition for the effort we put in, whether we'll admit it or not. Recognition could come in the form of replies on a forum, pats on the back by friends, or an official award. For me, it would have been nice to at least maintain my Third place ranking from last year, but alas I wasn't even on the radar in this one LOL. I was asking myself many narrow-minded questions - is the judging format different this year? Was it cos they couldn't allow two FA Banshees to feature, since one was already the overall champ? Or MAYBE, (and this is probably the only one true reason) - I just wasn't good enough. It's as simple as that.
So it's back to the drawing board. But I think the way to go about it is to strive to outdo MYSELF. And not anyone else. Did I outdo myself this year? I honestly think I did. So happened that some others outdid me LOL. So next year's game plan? Outdo myself on an even higher level. If that level is enough for a win, then that's a bonus, I guess. Most importantly though, this ensures your skills advance while your passion is maintained...this last point, to me, is most salient - If you lose sight of what your goals in a competition are, you'll lose sight of why you even started this hobby in the first place.
Well, enough talk. I learnt a lot from this competition, both from my own build and from the builds of others, and made some friends along the way too. And just for these, it's good enough to keep me coming back for more. I hope this applies to y'all as well.
Let's get back to Gunpla, and see you guys next year.