On this Thanksgiving weekend, I'd like to address a personal subject to say thanks to all of my readers and to highlight why the game of golf is so important to me. First and foremost, I'd like to say thank you to anyone who has ever read a word I have written either on this blog, SB Nation, Yahoo or my second home, the Back9Network. I try not to take myself too seriously when writing about the game I love, and most of the time I manage to make a few of you laugh. I've also managed to piss off a number of folks along the way -- which is the risk bloggers run every time they hit the "post" button.
Either way, I truly, truly appreciate all of you and am thankful for your support. I know this is cliche, but without the support of my readers, this blog would not exist.
I'd like to take a quick second of your time to say something about the Back9Network, if I may. While I've only met a small number of the folks at that network once before -- entirely due to the distance between Chicago and Hartford -- I can honestly say I've never met a group of folks who are more fun, more dedicated and more in love with the game of golf in my life. We may choose to cover golf in a manner that can be considered crude, snarky or downright abrasive at times... but is there really anything wrong with that? Honestly?
How do you talk golf with your friends over a beer? I rest my case.
Secondly, I want to explain why I'm thankful for golf in general. I've written about this subject on an older blog of mine in the past, but I have an anxiety disorder. I won't bore you with too much detail, as its not an extreme disorder or anything, but it can be quite debilitating multiple times in the year.
Golf has not only helped me cope with my anxiety, but it has literally given me a way to continue living. At the lowest times in my life I have turned to golf as both a distraction and an escape. Some of you may relate and say that golf is therapeutic. Just know that I know exactly what you are talking about. For that, I am thankful.
In closing, I'd like to say 'Thank You' one final time to anyone reading this post. Please feel free to drop me a line either in the comments section, on Twitter, or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I always try to reply to anything I receive.
Take care of yourselves and have a safe holiday season.