A few of my friends entered their first EVER OB Cues Ladies Tour event over the weekend.
I was so proud of them - it's one of the hardest things to do is enter a big tournament for the first time. Nerves are tested, heart rate increases, you think everyone is watching you, you feel like a fish out of water. It's not easy! Expectations are high and sometimes they get stepped on because we lose from nerves, not from our talent.
I watched a few of the games of these three players over the weekend.
And then I walked away.
I wanted to watch them so badly for their whole match and show my support, but I also didn't want to mess them up by me watching.
I recalled how sometimes in the past, I have wanted to perform well for others and I faltered instead. I thought too much about who was watching, instead of playing pool. I have heard this also from many friends.
Now I can handle anyone watching, but I admit it took YEARS and YEARS.
So, I wanted to give them their best chance, and so I walked away.
I did give them some advice before each match (have fun! and high-fived them). But when it came to watching, I didn't stay long even though I really wanted to see how they were doing!
I would find out later their scores and how they did, but I recognize to let them play pool and give them their space.
I'm so proud of my friends for playing!
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