after my recent practice at my favorite PH, i talked with one of the counter dudes while i paid for the table time. we joked a bit, and he told me that he hadn’t played for two month. i asked him if he felt burned out; he said yes. we then talked about vacations and other chit chat.
feeling burned out is a very human response; as such, this phenomenon is seen in pool and many other areas in life. we all have different ways of coping; i like to simply stay away. when i’m feeling burned out, i stop playing and pursue my other hobbies. others like to play different games, or gamble more/less. some play more tournaments, or travel to different tournaments for a change of venue. vacation is probably the most popular remedy.
the longest break from pool i’ve ever taken is about a year. i just didn’t feel like playing. instead, i read, hung out with friends, messed around with gadgets, surfed the web, basically doing everything except pool. granted, it took a long while to get my stroke back when i returned, but i can’t say that i regretted taking that break. i won’t lie to you and say that i’m a better player for it and all that, but i did enjoy my prolonged respite.
there are players that never get tired of pool, for whatever reason. for me, when the desire to play leaves me, i need to leave the game so i don’t begin to equate pool with drudgery and start hating it. the last thing i want is to hate something that i love. i wonder if this makes me an escapist.
on a more serious note, pool, like many other things in life, requires balance. only you can decide what that balance is; once you do, be happy with your choice.
lately, i unfortunately feel like i’ve hit a wall, pool-wise. i wonder if i need to perform my disappearing act again. we’ll see.