4 years ago i was still in college, finishing my freshman year. I spent whole year binge-drinking and gaining weight, and i was still feeling empty inside. That’s when one of my friends decided to start golfing, and dragged me into it as well. At first, i wasn’t very excited about playing this alien sport, but with a lot of effort on my friend’s part, i got hooked on golf and couldn’t get enough of it. But the problem was, that just like many college kids, i was broke, and could barely afford decent golf club and membership fees. I also desperately needed money for golf lessons, if i ever wanted to get any good. There were not any YouTube or any other online tutorials back then to help me. And if there were any, they plain didn’t make sense and confused me even more.To make matters worse, i also had to make time from my busy studying schedule. But despite all this, i managed to become pretty good golfer and even considered participating in tournament at one point. How?

I chose to learn playing golf by trial and error. I’d deprive myself of sleep for one or two hours, and instead spend my evenings on the golf course. It was never easy, but i managed to make fool of myself enough that after about four months, i noticed significant improvements in my game. So did my peers. But i wasn’t going to stop, and kept doing the same for about year or so. And my effort finally paid off. My swing got perfect and people didn’t give me weird looks anymore. But my borrowed golf clubs were not going to hold up any longer, so i needed at least few hundred bucks to buy something used from Craigslist from eBay. Luckily, there was part time job available nearby my campus, so i had to give up on social life and focus on earning that money to continue playing golf. I did, and i bought Adams Speedline club set. I’ll never forget that moment, and that set of clubs is still in my house somewhere. I bought much better clubs after graduating and getting decent job.

 I guess my point is that you should be open to new experiences, even if they seem weird at first sight. If my friend hadn’t forced me to play golf with him, who knows how my life would’ve turned out. It may seem silly, but i think golf influenced big part of my personality and i wouldn’t trade my golfing experiences for anything else in the world. And you should never give up on your dreams, regardless of any obstacles that you might face. Four years later, these stories are just good memories, but at the time, it was really hard, but i just powered through it and came out a different and better person.