The Art of the Follow Through

I’m John Lindsay– Avid bowler. During one of my late night practices, as much as I tried to focus on my technique (i.e. balance, timing, release, relaxing, pace, etc.), there was a group of young people a couple of lanes down that caught my attention. One girl in particular seemed like she’d had enough. I felt like saying, “You don’t appear to be the type of person who gives up on anything. Whatever you do, do it as if it mattered. Everything is important. You never know who’s watching.”

There’s little difference between giving up on a game and giving up on any pursuit. Just before we consider throwing in the towel, we lose sight of its value and purpose. In bowling, there are countless adjustments to be made. There are a myriad of distractions to contend with as the lane conditions continue to change, but you only realize these subtleties once you become serious about the game. It’s amazing what the game, relationship or opportunity can mold you into if you take it seriously.

I had so much to say. I walked by thinking about the type of person who would break into someone else’s circle for the sake of an encouraging word. I kept my mouth shut. Shame on me. I forgot how important it was to follow through.

2 Responses to “The Art of the Follow Through”

  1. lsanko Says:

    It is all about follow through. With out it where would we be?

  2. tenpinguru Says:

    As a fellow avid bowler, I find bowling an individual challenge more than just a game. For most people, bowling is an activity to enjoy with friends for amusement and is “only” a game. The nuances you discuss are not even on the radar of most people who are open bowling. Most of the open bowlers in a group are there for the sole purpose of fun. From your description, I doubt she was having fun. Maybe your follow through should have been towards the overall group and not just her. Either way, it sounds like this was another life lesson observed and I doubt you will forget to follow through next time.