I go for runs/walks in the forest by our house during my lunch break. It helps me to clear my head, de-stress, and go over my trading performance. Plus it keeps me active. My favorite part is when I take the path that goes to a scenic view of Paris with the Eiffel tower.
Today on the way to the woods I saw what we called a “switch” when I was a kid. A switch was just a mall tree branch that my grandmothers would use to whip us. Think of a real thin long branch. I picked it up and swung it around in the air. WHOOOSSSHHH! I liked the sound it made so I decided to take it with me on my walk.
I was whipping leaves hanging over the trail, tree trunks, and just about anything I could find (except people). I was also whipping it around in the air. I was making a rhythm out of it and it was quite fun. I had a beat going. Until the last 1/3 of it broke off. I thought it was ruined but no, it still made that WHOOOSH sound in the air and I kept swing it around like an explorer hacks through the jungle with a machete.
And then about 45 minutes into my walk, it broke again. No more WHOOOOSH sound possible. So I threw the other half of the stick into the grass and I continued on my way.
And then I got to thinking: What a wonderful analogy to trading!