“Many people only talk about that perfect drive they had on the 14th hole, but you rarely hear about the other 17 holes.” ~ M.S.
Life is very much like a game of golf. The scenery is stunning, the fresh air is vital but the course can be very unfavorable. There are moments when you feel like you should just give up. And then it happens. For one brief, shining moment, the Gods smile on you and you drive it straight down the middle of the fairway about 300 yards.
At that moment the rest of the world ceases to exist. All of the bad shots that happened in the past disappear and are replaced with the vision of that perfect drive. You are only able to focus on that dimpled ball in the distance surrounded by nothing but the manicured path of greatness.
But those other seventeen holes are the lessons that keep us humble. Those muffed shots and missed putts are the fuel that keeps our fire burning. Those missed opportunities are what keep us coming back again and again to try to be better than we were the last time. If life wasn’t remotely challenging, it would hardly be worth living. Like the game of golf, you never know what to expect in life. Some days you should be playing at the Masters and some days you are stuck at the mini-putt.
Golf is a great analogy for life. In golf, unless you are a professional player, the only real competition you have is yourself. Life is the same way. You can only try to be better than the person you were yesterday. You can never compare your life to anyone else’s life because your approach is different and the winds can change the trajectory of your reality in the blink of an eye. You most likely play the game of life with different clubs and your follow through will never be the same as your competitors.
Life or golf – it’s all about picking the right club to help you get the distance you need. Keep your head down, focus, follow through and always go for it. Life, like golf, always gives you a second chance and that Mulligan could be the second chance that will change the outcome of your game – of golf, or of life.