Along my novelist travels, there are a few nuggets I’ve discovered and naturally I like sharing them with you, because even it’s just one nugget of information that you take from these blogs that either help improve your current situation, allows you to see some clarity or gives you the encouragement to go chase your goals and dreams, well, then it’s one person more than I ever thought I’d reach. Being able to help one is always better than none.
I tend to read a lot of autobiographies, I think they’re great. Granted I’ve started to read a lot more in the last year than I ever did at school, College included (ironic I know), but there’s so much to take from someone’s story, regardless of if they’re an athlete or businessman/woman, in fact, it really doesn’t matter who they are in the world, whether they’ve made something of themselves or not, someone can usually offer you something, that can be positive or negative, both are learning experiences. But in the autobiographies I read, it’s what they’ve done and experienced in their lives that I feel helps clear the visual path and helps me along my way. If something is tried and tested and doesn’t work, then it might not be worth exploring that avenue, now that’s not to say just because it doesn’t work for one doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else. But I’m talking about if someone puts their hand in a fire and gets burnt, they’re not going to replicate the exact same actions hoping for different results, nor do I need to go test it out myself (I mean, I still did… you haven’t really lived if you haven’t tried at least once to dance your finger through a candle flame…wild I know!). Obviously, though, athletic autobiographies ring closer to home for me purely just because sports have been such a pivotal influence in my life, I’m looking for mindset nuggets, or practice and competition techniques that I might be able to implement. Anything that might give me that edge. That’s what people are looking for when they read most books, other than the non-fiction sci-fi stuff, they’re looking for information to better their lives.
I know for a fact I’m not the first to think or discuss this idea, but if you haven’t thought about it then this might jumpstart your thinking. We are, whether aware of it or not, writing our own autobiography, some obviously choose to publish theirs because they feel like it could be useful to others and others don’t, they just live (totally respect that). So, why am I rambling on about autobiographies? Well, other than the fact I like reading them, I had this conversation with my sister recently, we were catching up and just generally just shooting the sh*t about life, as you do at 24, and I was thinking and talking about the idea of why I read them. Not just because I’m looking for information but because their lives have many chapters that are an interesting read, their stories are rich. If we picked up a book that had 5 chapters in it, would we really be enticed to read it thinking it holds a captive story? Probably not. We would be more inclined to flick through a book that has 20 or 30 chapters because the likelihood is it will tell a greater story, we can learn more from it. Now, it might be interesting or it might be a dud, we don’t know, but we will probably feel our time is better spent with the bigger book. My point is, that when we write our own, we should never bind ourselves trying to rewrite and stretch the same chapter over and over again. If you get the opportunity to go explore another avenue in your life or career, go do it! Doesn’t matter how good you feel you have it, it could be even better! Never. Stop. Looking. Usually, we have a clear vision of our goals and dreams even from the earliest of ages, but life has a funny habit of sending us on diversions which may or may not lead to something bigger and better, granted at the time they can come across as confusing. It might, however, be that it’s a path that provides us with some valuable experiences that will help us handle our childhood dreams in a better way. You just never know.
This brings me onto this weeks U.S Open in a roundabout way, it’s probably the toughest test in golf we see all year and for some, they get to play and experience it. Twitter has and always will be a minefield, containing some hilarious discussions and memes but also some brutal tweets. Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting back and grabbing the popcorn while people go to war on Twitter, but, for most, we just quickly consume media and occasionally give our two cents. Now, Scott Gregory was at the mercy of some brutal tweets and general media coverage this week after posting a humbling 92 at Shinnecock. I think first and foremost, we address that the week prior the guy played his way into the event, that in itself speaks volumes, not many people have that chapter written in their book! A chapter someday I hope to write myself. Sure he must have felt a little winded and flush-faced but the fact is the guy added a very respectable U.S Open conditioned 75 to follow up from the 92, which to many would have been a daunting task to have to peg it back up on Friday, but he did, and with full belief that he was going to show the world the calibre of player he truly is and went and ground it out (Tip of the cap to you sir). I know as a player how silly you feel after posting a high number, you feel like the whole world is watching when the reality is they’re not, but all you want to do is crawl into a hole. However, posting a 92 on the big stage such as the U.S Open where the whole world is watching, that’s tough to swallow, but again, all credit to him, he got back up and played through it. The funny thing is, in a few years time, chances are you might just pick up that autobiography of Scotts (if he chooses to write one), purely because he added an interesting chapter to his story, a 92 in the U.S Open! You wouldn’t be too fussed about reading about someone who shot a pair of 75’s to miss the cut anyways. See, that’s the beauty of putting it all out there on the line, at the mercy of many, we take a risk and regardless of the outcome it’s still a learning experience and best of all, makes for one hell of a read! Scott, if you do happen to read this, I’m fairly certain you won’t, but if you do, kudos to you, that takes a great amount of grit and some big kahunas to take it all in your stride.
So the moral of this blog? Go add some new chapters to your book, we only get one draft, no rewrites, so may as well make it a worthwhile read. Summer is finally here, take a few risky chances and go with the confidence and conviction with the sun on your back. Whether it’s a career jump or personally, you’ll learn from it, good or bad, least you had a go and added a new chapter. There is a quote that has resonated with me over the years which my grandmother told me when I was younger, and I have only recently really put it into perspective. I’ll leave it with you on my final note. She said:
“Time waits for nobody, Seb.”
Tick. Tock. folks…
Until next time