Do you know what a “mulligan” is? In golf it’s really a “do over.” Do you use them? Do you believe in them? Do you have to win? If I were out golfing and hit a bad shot, if it were for nothing, I’d re hit the ball. Who would care? Nobody but me. But if it was for a tournament or the bragging rights or a prize of a perfect game, no, I’d never use a mulligan. Because I’d know it wasn’t a perfect game.
Paul and I were talking about this the other night about bowling. Why isn’t there a mulligan in bowling? I can’t imagine a do over in bowling. How do you un-bowl a ball? I know it’s expected that you un-hit a ball but it seems different. How could you be bowling and get all strikes and throw a gutter ball and collect a mulligan?
What about in real life? Would you have used a mulligan ever in your life so far? If it’s too personal you don’t have to say in detail but is there anything so far you’d like to do over? I know I’ve said things I’d sure like to un-say and I’ve gotten hurt and I’d like to have un-done or something like that but I’ve heard people say they’d like a mulligan for an ex or something important and I really thought all those “mistakes” or things you’ve done make you part of who you are. I’d never wish to undo a relationship because they all have meant so much to me.
I know I’ve re-set our bowling game if Paul was out of the room and I bowled a bad ball. But I’d never re-set it during a game or if we took it seriously. Sometimes we’ve both thrown lousy balls and we’ll just re-start the game but we both decided if we were bowling for real, we’d never want a mulligan. It just doesn’t seem fair. I know my brother won’t use them in golf. He thinks it’s, for lack of a better word, cheating.
What about you? Mulligans in real life? Do you wish you could redo anything? Do you have to win to the point of a wanting to use a mulligan?