Do you see poker as a battle - going to war for the pots.
If so do you have an army ?
we are often alone in this beautiful sport - training or lack there of, with a decent set of multi weapon skills we only get to use in the heat of battle.
Don't see yourself as anything else then a professional warrior here,
Even if its a hobby you love it , use it to relax, as we strive to be better we are aren't here grinding out of duty - we are here to fight to protect and battle.
do you train for hand to hand combat by only talking to non combative people -
we need to be surround by players whose thinking matches our own stage of training and development.
When I was actively playing, I considered myself a warrior, and poker with my battle has now become more mature, there were health problems. Now poker is fun for me. Unfortunately, lately it is very difficult for me to win at least some money. I understand that in the past, when it worked, you had to invest more effort, but I was younger, more stupid and thought that there would always be such opportunities and you could go at any time and there would always be weak players who would easily give money away. Now this is no longer there and will not be.
When I was a kid playing youth soccer with my local sports team, a larger player from the opposing team fell and landed on my leg. In my displeasure of the fact, I cried and held my knee until the play stopped and I was carried off the field by my coach. In reality, I was completely fine. My knee wasn't injured in any way; I wasn't in any pain. After the game, one of team mates had called me a warrior for having "taken one for the team".
I didn't deserve it. I was a fraud. I had tried to salvage a bad situation by taking an action that lead to a favorable outcome that wasn't justified by what had actually happened.
I find poker to be similar in a way. My lack of economic satisfaction lead me to playing poker. I've become all too good at playing the game and now, I'm perceived as a gambler.
Everyone outside of the poker community I've talked to seem to have a negative bias toward poker. As a result, I'm being viewed as a lesser being than those around me because I'm addicted to a game meant to take money away from it's players.
I don't think of myself, or any other poker player as a warrior. I think that we've all succumb to the casino's addictive spell. Where the money is being syphoned into the pockets of the rich and out of the pockets of the players. Even if we take money off the table playing poker, the house always get's it's rake. the house always profits. The players, as a whole, always lose.
Sometimes I feel guilty for playing poker. Like I feel guilty for faking my soccer injury. I cant justify the fact that my actions cause others to pay for what I've done. My coach, having to carry me off the field. My teammates, for having to stop the game. My parents, for worrying them about an injury I never had. The people, sitting at my table, in my tournament, for costing them their time and money.
How about as a dancer on a crowded dance floor. Always in rhythm with the game, but skillfully navigating the packed tournament and making just the right dance moves to get the right attention or be invisible and out of the way of the other dancers.
Okay.... not as exciting as a warrior in a battle!