I started out the year with a pretty low handicap, but through practice and perseverance my goal was to lower it much further. At the beginning of the year, following a couple of stellar rounds, my handicap went down. But after that it gradually went up again. Then I had a second streak of good luck rounds and my handicap dropped again. However, since then it has been slowly going up a notch every so often. Now after a full golfing season, I am back to where I started. My handicap has remained the same.
Looking at things more positively, although I was not able to improve my game that much, I did manage to retain a low handicap, which is not easy. This goes to show you that the better you get the more effort it is to keep on playing that well.
Golf is like the sport called life. It's not so much about getting better all the time and becoming the very best, as it is about staying the same and enjoying this fully for what it was meant to be.