Finding individuals with an interest in golf is either a hit or a miss.
Golf seems like an easy game, right? You just have to get the little white ball into a hole on a mowed circle of grass.
Do you play golf or know someone who plays golf?
Golf has always been a big part of my life because my grandpa had a long life passion for the game. Grandpa always told me, “Crystal, golf is the only sport you can play throughout your whole lifetime. Whether you are young or old golf is always going to be there.” Well, my grandpa applied this statement to his life. He devoted his life to what he loved to do, and never gave up persevering to the best of his ability. My Grandpa’s dedication for the game of golf ultimately ended up teaching me four major keys to life.
1. Mental Strength
Through grandpa I have learned that life is a lot like golf. For example, golf is a sport in which requires a lot of mental strength to be able to perform well. Mr. Arnold Palmer once said, “Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon the strength of mind and character.” This is important because the success to life always narrows down to a persons character and attitude. These two characteristics are distinct from any other because unlike talents these traits are not just given to us. We have to personally build them by our thoughts and choices throughout life because ultimately they define who we are as a person.
2. Embracing the Good
Another way golf resembles life is by embracing the good in every situation. In golf, bad shots, high numbers and hazards are bound to happen to everyone within their golfing career. Anyone who golfs knows that golf is a hard game to master. Sometimes it takes those few hits in the woods to appreciate the game because if everyone just hit hole-in-ones no one would even have an interest in the sport. This is important to remember because both golf and life are difficult, and is one bad golf shot going to stop you from playing the game for good? Whether we are ready or not life tends to bring us challenging situations. That’s the way life is, but the way I see it we can either take situations as a lesson or a blessing. Either way giving up is never an option in life. I’ve learned that it’s important to not let life obstacles destroy my attitude towards what really matters in life.
3. Expect the Unexpected
So maybe Forrest Gump isn’t the only one who has a good analogy on life because I see life, as like a round of golf, you never know what you’re going to hit. Perpetually strive to do your best in life. Although when unexpected situations pop up, always expect yourself to continue moving forward to the best of your ability.
The last time I ever spoke with my grandpa was over lunch shortly before leaving to head back up for my sophomore year of college. I can remember this day like it was yesterday, but what really stood out in the conversation was when Millie, my grandma, was brought up. Unfortunately I was unable to meet my grandma (due to a drunk driver collision), but from what I have heard I know she was a caring person who touched many lives. This had been the first time grandpa shared with me what he went through the day she passed. Just sitting there listening to him was tough because I could see and feel the pain he still felt from the day my grandma passed. He cared about grandma so much. Love is incredibly special and should be never taken for granted. Always tell and remind the people in your life how much you care about them. (Try out tip #4 from Spontaneous Sign)
For anyone lucky enough to have grandparents, you know they have a special way of connection. Cherish these moments and learn from others who are older than yourself. They have a lot of knowledge and value to add to the world. The memories I have made with my grandpa along with the lessons I have learned will remain in my heart forever, as so will he.
Hope these life lessons help you along in your journey!