I guess its been my friend and mistress for awhile now.
first discovered it when the local park we used to go to after school to get high and find dead bodies ( true story ,eeww) had a course put in and my friends started playing and low and behold.. here was something I was better than others at.
what at first was a source of pride turned into something I loved because it got me out into the outdoors and active, which I needed in my late teens/early 20's.
then came the sense of comraderie I felt after doing some minis on a regular basis. the variety of personalities was great, and there were even women golfers!! some of whom I later found out were better than me!!
there went the pride aspect :(
then my life changed and priorities changed and I didnt play so much.
like some of you I've been trhu some tough times. 8 rehabs, a few suicide attempts,jail time,etc.
I have to add... playing sober is better than ever.
but it became something I could always turn to for a source of fun and even play solo for some introspective moments.
time went by and many things in my life changed and the sport grew without my help.
I finally came around again and saw that disc golf had grown tremendously and I again fell in love with my long lost friend.
it became a matter of learning and seeing what new discs were out there and what had changed and realizing my skills had went undeveloped.
but it was still as fun as it ever was.
I am lucky to have a childhood friend who started about the time I did who has stuck with it like me and we both drag each other out to play more and more often, and in turn continue to meet new people and gather more friends of ours to start playing.
I can sympathize with others passions in life. be it some other sport, hotrods, hunting, whatever... I know the feeling again.
it's deep down and continues to grow regardless of my age and whatever obstacles I have that change in my life.
It's that feeling that even though I am sitting in front of my computer right now, that the chains are just minutes away...
that certain things wont ever change and that I know the feeling I get from a perfect drive or a sweet putt will always be there.
It's enriched my life in many ways and I am thankful to have found a sport like disc golf.
I think I'll keep playing for awhile.