Astrophysics, Golf, and Why Excuses are Bullshit

They say golf is one of those things you don’t have to be good at to enjoy.

That may be true, but it’s also true that it’s more fun when you’re playing well.

My father-in-law and I got last in our flight in the golf tournament, in no small part thanks to my inability to help my teammate very much. Last year we won our flight, and I think some of those expectations crept in. As I thought about it though, it occurred to me that my behavior didn’t match those expectations.

I didn’t put in the work before the tournament to get ready.

Excuses could be made. I could say I’m trying to figure out a new job. I could say I have two young kids and a wife that travels quite a bit for her career.

When I stopped making excuses for things was when my life really turned around, so I won’t this time either.

Excuses are lies we tell ourselves to make us feel better about losing. I didn’t put in the practice getting ready but still expected the same winning result from last year. Maybe I just hoped for the best.

But hope alone is not a good strategy.

And today, now that it’s all over, a much-needed day with my kids and a dose of perspective on the week that was.

I played 5 rounds of golf. For free.

I saw a speech by Neil deGrasse Tyson from the front row. (Unrelated to golf tournament)

Good meals were shared with good people, and I got to spend tons of time with my father-in-law, the only thing I have left of “dad” since my own passed a couple years ago.

The neighborhood babysitters got a little bit richer.

What a week.

What a life.

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