These past 7 months have been pretty chilling. Globally, it seems we just transitioned from month to month with one jaw-dropping event after another. I must hold my hands up, for those frequent visitors to my website, my last post did not age well. I genuinely believed on the face of it, 2020 was going to be a great year, full of optimism and exciting things to come, but as everyone knows, we’ve had a looming grey cloud of hellfire lingering over our heads and we’re just waiting for the sun to burn through it. I do believe every cloud has a silver lining and as we have already seen and will hopefully continue to see, a lot of positive change and outcomes come from this pandemic, but as always, only time will tell if we continue to take positive strides from these lessons and experiences.
No doubt, lockdown has been a challenging time for everyone and we must especially give thanks to those heroes who just had to roll up their sleeves and rally, despite the dangers to themselves and their families to enable us to start to return to normal. COVID-19 has, as you know, affected the entire world, it’s been a time for everyone to stop and widen their vision, reset and become aware of how fragile life is but on the same hand, appreciate how lucky we are, the power of a focussed group effort and being able to reconnect with family and friends when we might not have had the time before because we’ve been so caught up in the rat race. As the world starts to wind up its engines for takeoff again and we figure out our agile approach to the new normal, it’s important to keep an open and educated mind to things, look at facts and figures and not to be influenced by clickbait headlines for our approach as we tiptoe back into the world. The year 2020 will certainly be remembered for many years to come and will have a firm place in the history books, hopefully, we can salvage some positive events for the remainder of the year and carry that momentum forward into next year.
On the golf front, with a long period of lockdown and after some hard thought reflection, I came to the comfortable decision it was time for me to step away from professional golf, it’s certainly not the end of that chapter, but for the time being it’s something I know and feel is the right decision and I’m very much looking forward to returning and playing amateur golf again. It also gives me a chance to focus fully on a career outside of golf and as mentioned in my previous post, an opportunity for me to broaden my horizons and achieve successes and give back outside of the game. I’m scheduled to have my status back in early 2021, hopefully by that stage we will have an even clearer picture of how events will progress and I can get back to competing more frequently which will be fun and I’m sure a bit nostalgic playing in some old events from the past.
On a final note, I moved to London with a new work opportunity, even with the current ongoing pandemic, I feel like I’ve got my mojo back, similar to the excitement and feeling of home I had living in San Francisco. It’s great to be back in a fast-paced environment and getting to widen my network. In the short time I’ve been down here, I’ve met some awesome people and been able to create tangible opportunities and excited for what is to come. As I’m sure you can imagine, even with this year’s timeout, as I take a step away from professional golf, updates on the website will become less and less frequent, there may very well come a time where the curtains may be drawn to a close for the site, but we’ll cross that bridge if or when we get to it.
Until next time.