The answer to the question "What do you do when you lose the urge to play poker?"
None of these threads have popped up recently, but they used to quite a bit. This is loosely related to a couple of blog posts
FP has made recently.
I've not played poker in about a month now, due to a truckload of things, one of which being that I really just haven't felt like playing. I still enjoy talking about the game and discussing strategy, but the urge to play just hasn't been there. I can't really identify why, it's not a fear of losing as FP had (I play over-bankrolled anyway), it's just that I really don't want to. Either I have better things to do, I'm too tired, or I'm just not in the mood.
After the first week or two, I started asking myself, "How can I get the 'urge' to play back?". I soon had a realisation, which conflicts pretty greatly with some of the advice I've given in similar threads of the past.
If you don't want to play - don't play
. Don't 'force' yourself to play, don't try and pick up playing a new poker game
, just don't play. Use the time to enjoy other things that life has to offer - after all it's not like you're a pro who's reliant on poker, right?
Continue to study the game if that's what you want to do. Ignore poker altogether if that's what you want to do. Continue posting on CC if that's what you want to do. If you play while 'not in the mood' though, your game will suffer (again, read FP's blog posts ^^), but more importantly, your life will suffer because you're spending time doing something you don't want to be doing (most of us already do that from 9 to 5 every weekday).
I know I'll almost certainly get back to the grind on Stars at some point, but at the moment I'm happy that when I start playing again it will be on my own terms and because I want to play,
rather than because I feel some kind of bizarre obligation to play.
This may well have not been very helpful, as it's more of a personal posting than a lot of my other threads, but take it as you will.