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Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Comeback

It's that time of year again.  The weather starts warming up, shorts get pulled out, and we all pull out our putters. That's right.  The Masters.  It's one of my top 5 favorite sporting events. Well maybe top 6 but it's up there.  I just watch in amazement as these guys like Mickelson, Cabrera, and of course Tiger Woods show off their incredible skills.  I know what you're thinking, Tiger Woods, bad person blah blah blah.  But he's pretty much a "master" of his trade.  There aren't many sports that test your concentration in the way that golf does.  Out on the golf course all you have is your clubs and your thoughts.  It's almost entirely a mental game. Really anyone can play gold physically, but it takes someone that is extremely focused to be good at it.

That's why I must admit that I am still a Tiger fan.  Because even through all of his very public struggles he can still go out to the Masters and compete.  I can't imagine having every one of my problems being put on TV, Facebook, Twitter, the Internet, and everywhere else.  Thinking before every shot that if I messed it up everyone would be happy because I deserve to mess it up.  Talk about pressure, that's pressure.  But he continues to play through.  That's why he can still be an inspiration to people.  Even though he's messed up, and yeah he's messed up to the extreme, he can still be used to say that no matter what you're going through you can always keep going in life.

I isn't just a golf story but it's more of a life story.  If he can come back and be a big presence in golf, then he's overcome his struggles.  He's lived through his mistakes and even though he can never take them back, he's sending the message that they don't define him.  He's telling people to not be defined by the bad in their life but to rather let their successes shine through.  It's so easy to focus in on the negatives of our lives, especially when everyone around us highlights every single one of them.  In reality, we all make mistakes, and whether they're big or small they're still there.  That's why it's never made sense to me to dwell over them.  All you can do is learn from them and move on.  And sooner or later, you'll be right back on that 18th green with someone putting your green jacket on your back

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