That’s right, my better half and I are learning the game of golf. I never took the time or had the patience before to take up the game. Why would we take on this challenge at this point in our lives? First, I believe that age is just a number. Ask anyone over the age of 50 and, most will tell you the same thing. I use my age as a reason and not an excuse. Second, it is something we want to do. It’s that simple.
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It Is Not Easy Learing The Game Of Golf
We signed up for a clinic at the beginning of the year. I was thinking most people taking the clinic would be young and we would look out of place. Boy, I was wrong. Most people are my age or older and, the majority are women. I found out that many seniors begin learning the game of golf. Seniors pick up the game faster because we have more free time to practice.
My approach to the game is like a baby learning to walk. The baby doesn’t get frustrated when they fall. It is just the opposite; they laugh and try again. They keep trying until they can stand, then they take a step. Soon they don’t fall as much and become consistent. They keep walking, wobbly at first until they achieve balance. It is not long before they look like they have always been walking.
First Golf Lesson
On our first day, while waiting for the lesson to start, we met a few people who asked how long we had been playing. When we told them this was our first day, I kept hearing the word frustrating. “You must not have enough frustration in your life,” one woman said to me. Another quipped, “get ready to be frustrated.” You know, I didn’t get frustrated at all that day. Later, I realized these women focused on the outcome and not the process.
Sofia and I were there to have fun, nothing more. We didn’t have any certain outcome in mind. We were having fun and, there is no frustration in having fun. Our only goal was to become more consistent in hitting the ball. We are enjoying this new journey we have set out on.
Remember Why You Started
Learning the game of golf is frustrating only if the game controls you. Like anything, remember why you started playing in the first place. Was it to have fun? If so, go, have fun regardless of where the ball lands. Did you want to meet people? Golf is an excellent way to meet people for personal or business reasons. Go, play and make new friends.
I am glad we are learning the game of golf even though we are not very good at it yet. On our travels, to Colorado, we met a vibrant and energetic 80-year-old woman. She golfed, skied, hiked, and did anything she wanted to do. I learned from her to give up all excuses and start doing those things that I want to do. There’s nothing I can do about my arthritis and bone spurs from previous injuries. The fatigue from my chemotherapy treatments will always be there. My body is always going to hurt if I’m lying in bed or learning the game of golf. I no longer use any excuses. If it is something I want to do, it will be done.
Go, Do It
If there’s something that you would like to do in your life, go, do it. Don’t hold back or wait too long. Dump all your excuses and go live the life you want to live. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blogs. Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow. Go, be the best you.
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💜 Very Well Done, there’s NOTHING!!! more inspiring than hearing from first hand experiences rather than quotes and the like; furthermore I Totally Agree with ALL of YOUR!!! Wise Observations, especially Focus on “Process” rather than “Outcome”
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Scott, I found this post very inspiring and motivating. You made me a little ashamed for my excuses…allergies, arthritis in my ankles, indigestion that bothers me when I exercise…I can walk and should be doing so a little more each day. 🙂 Enjoy playing golf! <3 My grandfather was an avid golfer and a trout fisherman into his seventies.
Thank you, Cheryl. Don’t be ashamed, we have all used excuses. The more I try different things the more activities I find I can actually do. It is not always easy or comfortable but I have decided if I want to do something I will do it.
Wow impressive Scott! Always good to try new things! Have fun! Always love your inspiring challenges and positivity! 🙌
Thanks, Cindy. We are enjoying it. I just have to remember to keep my competitive side in check. Golf is a good exercise to help me learn how to stay in the Now.
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I like golf as a learned skill. But then you have to consider the social side of golf which I do not enjoy. Do I really need to be told I must join with others to play a round or must I tolerate impatient golfers waiting to tee off behind me and have them watch me shank my 1st shot?