I recently decided to forego one of the Friday night dinners with the group to see what the mixed doubles billiards was all about.
Somehow I thought it might be more relaxed and fun, but it was all the same people I play with on the league and I found myself feeling stressed and knowing I was holding back my partner, a very good player.
The team has been so good to me and several have invested time in helping me develop my skills, so I was surprised to find myself just wishing it was "over" that night so I could go home.
This brought me to a new revelation about billiards in general. It causes me stress. The group is quite serious and there are some excellent players to learn from. But when I really thought about it, I found I was resenting the time commitment it took away from pickleball and water volleyball.
So I made the decision and called the team caption who was very gracious about my wanting to call it quits. As she said, it's not for everyone. I can't tell you the sense of relief when I knew it was over and I could have more time to devote to pickleball, my garden and just goofing off in general.
There is a hiking group that meets Thursday mornings and I wanted to try some of their shorter hikes to see what it was like, but I knew I wouldn't be back in time for billiards competitions that day. Now I can experience some other activities until I create the perfect rhythm.
This is the difficult part of living here...there are so many choices it makes your head spin.
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