When I wrote that blog post saying that you don’t have to play to watch a certain sport, I didn’t really expect that post to somehow spawn a series. But that’s what happened.
Since then, I’ve also stated that you don’t have to play to critique a player’s performance either, whether this be related to the world of sports, movies, music, or whatever else. What I’ve also quickly learned is that you don’t have to be good at something to enjoy doing it either.
We see this all the time. Golf is a fantastic example. There is certainly no shortage of horrible golfers out there, but they still hit up the links on a regular basis. They may display their frustrations, they may vent their anger, but there’s a reason they also go back to the course so often: they love playing the game.
I’m largely the same way when it comes to tennis and with video games, among some other hobbies when I have the time to enjoy them. I don’t claim to be any good at them, per se, but I do enjoy playing them.
And that’s the point. I’m still playing to win, to be sure, even though I recognize that my chances of winning most of the time are probably slimmer than I’d like to admit. While we all want to get better at what we do, and we should all work toward improving our games, we must also recognize the great value of play for its own sake.
Not that I’d complain if I won. Winning feels pretty good too.