Disc golf is my favorite past time. More specifically, playing disc golf is my favorite past time. And winning is more fun than not winning.
But I can’t play all the time and win all the time. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.
At the recommendation of some friends and some YouTube videos, I’ve been skipping a few rounds recently and hitting the field or the putting green for some practice sessions instead. And wow. I’ve improved more in 10 practice sessions than I have in the last year of playing rounds. It’s dramatically different.
So every day that I play a round instead of practicing I’m not quite as good as I could have been. But if all I did was practice then my interest would fizzle and I’d give up the sport. Plus I’d never get a chance to enjoy my acquired skills, so what would be the point?
I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m never going to be a professional disc golfer. All attempts to improve my game are solely to make me enjoy the sport more. So then, what’s the perfect balance between doing what I love (playing), and maximizing how much I love it (by being better)?
I imagine that that will ebb and flow with time. I still play more rounds than I “should”. But I skip a few. My goal is to have the best time that I can. And that’s what I’m doing.
Some times in life we need to have the discipline to say no to the things we love. Temporarily. Doing so might make us love them that much more.