Maria's Column, self-care

A Short Life Update from Maria

Hello Everyone! Sorry but this post is going to be a little shorter than usual. I wanted to give you all a life update during this crazy “end of quarantine” time.

I went golfing today for the first time in over a year. It seems weird that I am making this such a big deal because it’s just golfing, but honestly it’s so much more than that.

First, this marks the first big day long activity that I have been able to do outside of my house, with friends since before the beginning of March. I would say that is a pretty special occasion. Yes we still took caution and there were some changes as to what would normally happen when my friends and I went golfing – for example, we ate our dinner in the car instead of inside the restaurant. But overall it felt really normal. I got to spend a day with friends, in the world, and nothing blew up and we all went home okay. Today gave me hope for the future after this pandemic. It brought me a bit of light during this dark time.

Second, today marked me golfing for the first time since I was a senior in high school. If you told a younger me this fact I would have been shocked. The reason this is such a big deal to me is because when I was younger golfing was a very large part of my life – it still is but in different forms now.

My grandpa taught me how to golf when I was about 7 and I played ever since. I went to golf camps every summer, I played on my high school’s varsity team all 4 years and I even won a scholarship to go to a camp in North Carolina once. It was something that I loved because it brought me closer with friends and family. My grandpa and I would play during the summer and I met so many of my friends while on the golf team.

That all seemed to change after my senior year. I made the decision to focus more on music and choir instead of golf – which isn’t bad, it was just a choice. I made it through my last season and I immediately put it in the back of my mind. Then at college there was no where for me to play and no one to play with – so I just decided it wasn’t something I would invest in anymore.

I think that is why I feel today was different. It reminded me that even though I have changed during college, that doesn’t mean I have to forget all of the things that were once important to me. Now that I am home for the summer I have the opportunity to play golf again, with friends and with my grandpa. I’m hoping that this will be a time where I can learn to love the sport again at an older and (hopefully) wiser age.

So my advice to all of you is to explore the things that you may have forgotten about. Maybe there is something that you used to find important and as life moved ahead you let it go. This could be a time to rediscover your love for an activity, sport or anything else. Try new things or re-try old things. Maybe something you never imagined could bring you joy again.

Have a wonderful week,

Maria

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