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Finding Balance In Sports And Life

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Most people can testify that when they are passionate about something they can tend to spend an inordinate amount of time, mental and physical, involved in it. That is not a bad thing per se, however, if one is not vigilant it can lead to an imbalance in your life which can cause some serious problems.
Have you ever noticed how some individuals who love to run can find time for their passion even in the midst of a very busy life. Some are mothers of young children who find their lives stretched to the very limits and still they manage to make the time to run. That often means that the time they spend running is taken from something else and often that something else is also important.
Serious golfers can rack up an amazing number of hours per week on the golf course. True, many of them find themselves in their retirement years and have extra time to spend on their passion, but others are not. The time they spend on the golf course must be subtracted from time with their work, their friends and their family. This imbalance tends to cause a lot of problems for a lot of people and can put a significant strain on relationships.
This problem of imbalance is not unique to sports. It happens in work vs. family time for a good number of people also. It is a problem that can wreck havoc with lives if it is not addressed, so while it is important to find time to do the things you love in life, it is equally (if not more) important to make sure the most important things are those that you reserve adequate time for.
This may involve some re-prioritizing and reconsidering of schedules and time commitments from time to time. It may mean that one has to miss a round of golf or a 2 hr. run on occasion, but it is highly likely that the sacrifice will prove worthwhile. Most of us get to a point in life when we realize that the very most important things in our lives are the people and the relationships. Whatever we have to do to preserve and foster those relationships should be high on our list of priorities. Those who have learned to reassess when their life balance seems out of tilt and make the necessary adjustments are likely among the happiest of people.