June 9, 2010

Golf is Good for the Soul

A week before my brother passed away, I had started group golf lessons with 5 gals. We met through a golf league we had all joined. The first lesson was great. I loved the instructor Val, learned a great deal and had a blast with the girls.

Having taken lessons from men in the past, having a female golf pro was refreshing.

Well, I missed the remaining lessons and yesterday, in need of some fresh air, I had a make-up lesson.

It was just what the doctor ordered.

It felt good to hit some balls (really hard). It was a gorgeous, cloudless-sky-kinda-day and Val, besides being a great teacher, asked me a question; "How are you doing?"

I am so used to everyone asking how the girls are and how my dad is that it felt nice to be asked first and foremost about me.

A former social worker turned golf pro, she listened and felt genuinely interested. She is definitely using skills from her former occupation.

It was nice.

Also, how awesome that Val started out in one field and is now giving golf lessons 5 days a week as a golf pro?

Ahhhh . . . now if I could only figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

What I do know is that I love golf and I need to go hit some balls - really hard!

"It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf." - Robert Lynd


Annelie said...

Sounds like you made a great choice to go golfing. Who would have thought it would turn out to be both for body and soul.

I read about your brother being in the parade and offering the elderly veteran a ride. Can't imagine how much that meant to this old man. Must have made his day to know that someone cared and treated him with such (deserving) respect. Your brother sounds like he was a very good man. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

I'm so glad that you've found an activity and a place (and people!) that help you to feel peaceful. I wouldn't give that up for anything in the world. :)

Angie said...

Ok, I have to say that it is very convenient to ge a golf-pro instructor and former social worker. Most people want to golf to relieve stress and I am sure she has some good advise. And it is great that you found a way to decompress.

Mary Ellen said...

That is sooo great! How lucky for Val to have found such a great job and for you to have found her! It's amazing how the stars just line up for us when we need them to the most! (And there's a lot to be said for hitting something really hard, too!!) Soldier On, Carmie!!!
-ME xo

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alissa said...

Hi Carmie - I'm glad you are finding some peace on the golf course! I'm a lifelong golfer and play a few times a week in the summer - I think being outside, surrounded by nature and fresh air really is good for the soul. Thinking of you.

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