We’re Going To Augusta!
When I was growing up my Dad had some sayings that he used on me that have stuck with me to this day. One of them was 'the world doesn't owe you a living.' That one's my favorite because it's taught me if I want things in life I've gotta work hard for them.
Another one of his anectodes is setting goals. One day he was telling me he likes to set distant goals to try and achieve so all that hard work will eventually pay off. One of them was to play Pebble Beach and the other is to go to the Masters golf tournament.
In 2008 when we went to watch Tiger Woods at the US Open we made it to Pebble Beach together but we decided not to play because the prices were just too outrageous. We didn't regret walking away from Pebble...we bought some tshirts and putted around on the putting green together, that was enough for us on that day.
Today just happens to be my Dad's birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!
So yesterday we made the decision to achieve the second goal of going to the Masters together in 2018! We were texting each other about the beach trip we're going on next June, here's how it all went down...
Dad: Got a flight with WestJet in June. What about 1 day at the Masters practice round just to walk it?
Me: Tickets are $675 for Tuesday and $500 for Monday!
Dad: Guess that's out for now.
(an hour or so went by)
Me: Dad, we only live once. Let's do it!
(the next morning I texted again when he hadn't responded yet)
Me: Dad, I have a hard time spending that much money for one day, especially when it could get rained out and we won't get our money back. Why don't you book a flight to come down for the week and we'll pick a day to go and buy them at the course?
(a couple hours went by)
Me: Sound good?
Dad: Sounds good!
So we're going to Augusta! Is that a ridiculous amount of money to pay for one day? You betcha it is. Will I regret spending it? Heck no because all of our hard work is paying off and we'll be achieving a life-long bucket list goal.
Like most golfing families, my Dad and I have been watching the Masters together on TV for as long as I can remember and we always commented on how we'd love to get there one day. A few years ago we got stopped at the front gate when we tried driving down Magnola Lane, but this time they'll be no stopping us.
It's gonna be a great adventure together, I hope when my kids are old enough they'll wanna make the same journey with me one day.
Just remember, kids...the world doesn't owe you a living. If you want something you've gotta work hard to earn it.