Who needs some irreverence? Good, me too.
Golf is exactly like stacking. There are pundits aplenty that extol the virtues of the game, the relaxing nature of it, the serenity of the courses, the simplicity of hitting a stationary golf ball, watching it travel in flight, alight gently upon the grass, roll softly across the manicured green, and fall into the cup with that unmistakable sound.
But, in reality, golf is FRUSTRATING. It is super technical. It is maddeningly able to dishevel even the most humble of souls. There are countless tips, pointers, magazines, blogs, websites, etc., all designed to keep the average hacker out on the course. The golf product marketers are wizards at getting the average joes to buy the latest, greatest golf balls, shoes, clubs, tees, whatever, year after year, after year, while the poor slob hacker golfer NEVER, and I mean NEVER has a chance to improve.
What happens instead is the golfer HOPES to improve. "If only ________________." Fill in the blank. E.g., "If only I could take lessons and improve the driver . . . If only I could get better, more expensive clubs . . . If only I could get out on the course more often, instead of going to soccer games with the kids, or doing errands, or working . . . Etc." In the end, nothing matters.
Your same sorry lame excuse for a golf swing dooms you to perpetual mediocrity. But every once in awhile, you do manage to hit a great shot. That memory alone spurs the constant desire to play golf, with the irrational thought being that the entire round can be as good as that one, six deviation perfect swing.
How many missed two footers did you make on the last round? How many greens in regulation did you hit? Really, be honest, don't count the fringe as hitting the green. How many fairways did you hit? How many long iron shots actually hit the green and stayed on? How many balls did you lose, but not claim the stroke penalty, but took a drop to "speed up play?" See?
Stacking is EXACTLY LIKE THAT!
We stack, HOPING price will recover past the point at which we purchased the coins originally. We rejoice when there is a price spike, believing that today is the day we will have a significant price upswing, thus allowing us to reclaim our glorious reputations for financial genius, which were so aptly bashed during the price smashes of the past three years for sure.
I could go on and on about the comparisons, but there is one more point to this story.
Let us not forget that we chose freely to partake in this activity. We do so for reasons as varied as wanting financial security, to a belief that financial collapse is imminent. Some of us enjoy hunting down bargains. Some of us enjoy collecting different coins. Some of us enjoy the raw beauty of the precious metals simply because they are in fact precious metals. Face it, we enjoy the activity, for many reasons.
So, like golf, let us not be frustrated when price drops. Let us all be happy for engaging in the activity that has given us so many fond memories. Let us all remember that stacking is enjoyable, and that eventually, over time, the price of the metals, like the actual scores on the score card are not what matters at all in the long term.
It is the peace of mind and experience that have enriched us all. Remember that as things get crazy in the next few months.
Oh yeah, keep stacking.