I play pool leisurely with friends, once, maybe twice per week and about an hour each. If there's one thing I learned from this game, it's having faith in your guts feeling.
If I feel that I can probably make a shot then I will. If I aim the cue and there's this sinking feeling telling me I'm not gonna make it then surely the shot is gonna be off. I don't know if this is self fulfilling prophecy but what I'd usually do is re-evaluate the situation and try another shot.
Of course, the pros will use logic and calculate the most optimal shot but I'm an armatuer so I follow my feelings, not my head.
Now, over the pool last week I had a lengthy conversation with a good friend of mine. We reminisced about the 5 years we spent in university together and all the things in between. I must say it frightens me to see how similar he is to me. Why? Because I don't want to become someone like that. The reasons are many and varied so I'll leave it for another time.
The one thing we realized 5 years too late is you'd better have perseverance in life. When we first got into university, things were going good things were going great. You know that feeling of exuberant, of invincible when you first start doing something? That's how we were.
The first semester we all pour in efforts and energy and enthusiasm acing subjects. And all these feeling waned and waned and waned. It's all going downhill from there. By third semester, we couldn't find neither reasons nor energy to spend anymore efforts than necessary on studying. Things were a chore.
In the end, I still graduated with an average grade of > 70%. My friend burnt himself out and changed major later as he could not keep up with the initial one. He realized that if only he preserved, he wouldn't waste years re-studying.
You know, at the start of the race, everyone's at their best. It's not about how they start the race but rather how they are going to complete it. I barely made it in one piece. My friend burnt himself out. What about you?
Also, I'm in Viet Nam for holidays now. More specifically the northern part Ha Noi. It's crazy here. Internet is spotty at best so will update when I have the chance. I have a ton of personal stories to tell but not enough time dammit!