Everyone deals with stress differently, I've found that sometimes I use cards to help me think or as a meditative practice. Just thought I'd write this, perhaps there are other people that can relate. I should emphasize though that I'm as much a beginner as anyone else and I'm always amazed by other people's talent as something almost unachievable. There are of course a lot of things that can be written about this subject but I suppose I'll give a brief overview of what cardistry means to me. I have very shaky hands, there's a medical term for it but I won't get into it, basically I do have a habit of dropping cards on the floor quite a bit which are a pain to be constantly picking up from the floor. But I still try to practice false cuts, fans, basic shuffles, and my favorite is making a card flip from one hand to the other. I do sometimes wonder if this is all a waste of time but for the most part I feel a sense of inspiration from this and the prospect that I can improve my skills over time. I don't necessarily refer to myself as a cardist but I do find some sort of refuge in it. There is a satisfaction I get from it even though I am just practicing basic things and not very well sometimes. So maybe my question is, how do you keep going even when times are tough? Especially during the times when you don't feel you're making a lot of progress.