burned out

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.

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4 comments on “burned out

  1. Hi p00lriah,

    Waahh, don’t take too long of a break, I’ll miss reading your deep thoughts on pool. Balance is an interesting concept. Too much of something is no good either.

    Hubby can play pool 3 – 4 times a week, sometimes for 6 hours at a time. Me on the other hand, 2 hours is max, and 3 hours when I am in stroke, which is very rarely.

    Do you have artsy fartsy hobbies you do?

    • thanks for the vote of confidence q&b. i look at playing & blogging as two separate events; not playing doesn’t mean not blogging. so i’ll keep churning out blurbs for ur perusal. 😛

      i’m believing the concept of balance more & more. i think it’s one of the big factors in winning & life, not just physical balance but mental balance. if you can keep from being tilted in a match (e.g., being sharked) you stand a good chance to perform your best.

      when i first started playing i played 6-8 hours a day, nearly every day a week. it was all i did. i wonder if i planted the seed of burn out back then.

      my artsy fartsy hobby? why writing, of course. that and electronic gadgets (not so artsy; spendy maybe). :mrgreen:

      btw, you seemed out of action of late. welcome back, & hope things are well.

      • Good to hear that you will still be blogging about pool. Keeps me entertained.

        Blogging has been put to the back burner due to personal reasons.

        I’m getting ready for the Chinese New Year, cleaning, throwing, recycling, planning for dinner.

        Mental balance is very hard, look at Johnny Archer, you think he his mentally balanced? Think about that.

        Q&B

        • hehe. archer’s a whole different animal. even he had to learn some perspectives as well. i remember reading an interview w archer, & he said that he really had to learn to cope w losing or hitting a bad shot. he said he wanted to win so badly that hitting one bad shot would drive him bonkers. he had to learn to not let that get to him or his game. so learning some balance helped him perform better.

          but looking at archer he seems to be enjoying his family and life outside of pool. hard to tell w his scowl though. 😛 maybe if he smiled more we’d be more certain. 😀

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