Birdies, bogeys and bottling it
Even if you know nothing about golf you will more than likely have heard quite a bit over the last couple of days about this Rory McIlroy chap.
He was this close to a massive international victory at the Masters, only for it to fall apart in the last few holes. In front of the whole world.
Now along with his name, the terms “bottled it”, “blowing a golden opportunity”, “unmitigated agony” “suffering” and “biggest last-day collapse” are everywhere. Pretty scary, eh?
But in the face of all of this, he managed to tweet:
“Well that wasn’t the plan! Found it tough going today, but you have to lose before you can win. This day will make me stronger in the end.”
Now there’s a balanced attitude for you. Despite what had happened, and despite everyone else’s reactions, Rory McIlroy has managed to keep his perspective intact.
“It will be pretty tough for me for the next few days, but I will get over it – I will be fine…There are a lot worse things that can happen in your life. Shooting a bad score in the last round of a golf tournament is nothing in comparison to what other people go through.”
Things don’t always go according to plan, and everyone is going to lose sometimes. As you leaving cert students around the country do your oral exams, take a leaf out of this guy’s book. Remember that if things don’t go to plan, you’ll live to fight another day and come back stronger.
As Beckett says: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”