Yep, about 7 months ago I was in Las Vegas, playing the WSOP and associated events, getting my ass handed to me on occasion, and trying to throw a bit of humour into the sometimes grim trip reports, with an occasional degree of success.
Here we are once more.
I've thought about firing this thing up on more than one occasion, and not done so. I've no shortage of things I'd like to say on any number of topics, maybe in the coming weeks I'll unburden myself (whilst simultaneously burdening you lot) with a few of my thoughts. A bit of time has passed. We're all getting a little bit older, a bit more worldly-wise, and maybe just a bit closer to the realisation that a lot of what goes on out there in poker and in life is really just filler or white noise. When it comes down to it, you just have to do the best you can, try to be the best possible version of you, and try to just draw some good from the experiences you have along the way, and be good to the people for whom you care. That's it really.
Don't worry. I haven't got religion. The past few years of seeing it in others has unquestionably showed me that that path certainly isn't for me based on what I've seen it do to others. If it works for you then great, but it's all you, I'm not buying whatever you're selling. I've always been a thinker (maybe being more of a doer earlier in life would have been a better call), but now and ongoing I guess my mindset has changed slightly. It's not always been plain sailing for me, and might not be on the road ahead (you try sailing a boat on a road), but I'm content to make my own way in the world and try to get what happiness I can along the way. I've had some shitty experiences in life, we all have I'm sure, but if I can encompass what I'm trying to say here in one inspirational picture from the Pez-dispenser of thought provoking digital images, I guess it'd probably be this one:
As life has trundled along, relationships have begun and ended, people have got upset, sad, angry, nasty, bitter, there's been heartache, tears, pain, doubt, etc... all the crappy stuff associated with life which we all go through in our friendships, relationships and encounters with others. I suppose I've come to realise most of it is just excess baggage, unless it affects you in a positive way. We discover a lot about other people, and also ourselves from our experiences and our decisions. And we're all trying to get by, we just all do it differently, including me. If you've wronged me in the past, then whether you admit it or not, I forgive you. If you feel I've wronged you, then I'm sorry. If you love me, then that's great. If you despise me, then that's OK too. Have yourself a ball.
I think the happiest people are the ones who are just at peace with themselves and others, and just accept that we're all different and are searching for something we don't truly understand. People lie, cheat, steal, and say and do horrible things to each other. If it affects you negatively when someone does it to you, then they've succeeded in what they were trying to accomplish, by design or accident. Disappoint them, and be your own person, getting the best you can from whatever you do in life, and try to enhance the lives of others as you go along as a side effect if possible. Some ties are meant to be broken for good, but let that shit go, and don't be dragging it around like a bag of rocks for the rest of your time here. It just isn't worth it.
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