Bowling was a fairly popular sport, back when there weren’t many things for people to do for fun.
The problem with bowling, is that it had two major flaws, other than the nasty shoes.
One of the major problems with bowling, was that you could only get so good. There is a top score you can reach, and once you reach that score, you can’t get any better, that’s it. The end, that’s all you can do.
The other problem with bowling, is that you have to pay per game.
This means that every frame is very important, you can’t try anything new, or different, because if it doesn’t work, you screw up that whole frame, you lose the game, and to defend your honor and defeat your friend, you have to pay for another game.
You can’t make mistakes, you can’t try anything different, you can’t spin around in a circle 15 times and try to bowl, or roll the ball backwards between your legs, you can’t really do anything fun or creative with it, because it might not work.
So you follow the handbook, you pick your ball as though you’re trying to avoid salmonella at the salad bar, you line up your shot just perfectly, and follow through just like they told you to.
Then when you do it right, when you do it all perfectly as the book instructs, you get to be as good as the best bowler, but never better, because the score only goes so high.
Thankfully, Bowling is dead.
The world is not like bowling anymore.
The cost to ‘try’ has reached virtually zero, we now have unlimited bowling.
You already have the internet, so trying is basically free, other than your time which if you turn off the TV you’ll find you actually have quite a bit of.
You can do all those strange, silly ideas, because if you fail, that’s ok, you don’t lose anything, you get to try again. You don’t have to pay for another game, you don’t have to feed the meter, or rent another pair of smelly shoes, you can just do it.
The great thing about this is that, with that silly throw where you roll from sitting on the floor, or use your secondary hand. The beautiful part here is that some of these things that are not in the book, that are not part of the way your teacher showed you, may actually work, or at the very least be a heck of a lot more fun.
The other great thing about it is that now you actually CAN beat the top score. You don’t have to tie with anyone. You don’t have to work hard following the book just to reach middle management. You aren’t limited to selling your art just to those that come to the market, you have virtually free access to billions of people, billions of people who want to see you spin around 5 times before throwing the bowling ball, and that’s a lot more meaningful than competing in the Professional Bowlers Association annual tournament.
The world isn’t like bowling anymore. There is no longer a top score, and you don’t lose anything if you try. Now that everything is there for you, the only thing left to do is to do.