I've never had a hole in one. In this way I am a complete failure at golf. Nearly every shot I hit fails to go into the hole. In a round with 100 strokes of the club only 18 will result in my putting the ball in the hole. I am a failure. I should turn my back to every golf course I see and refuse any thoughts of success. I am a failure.
Except I'm not. Thinking that I need to hit it in the hole each time is a fallacy. If I desired that I would hone my skills at putt putt golf and learn to dominate the tweens and dating couples that frequent those courses. I don't want that though. I want the challenge and the acceptance that with a challenge comes shortcomings. That not every golf shot will make it in the hole and that not every shot is supposed to.
What each shot should be is a step. An attempt to get closer to the hole and then eventually succeed. Sometimes this goes better and sometimes worse but each attempt is a challenge and that's the enjoyment of golf. It's the enjoyment of life.
Life shouldn't be putt putt, life should contain challenges. You should get wet and dirty and curse a few times. I'm golfing today and know that I will.