Do something week after week, year after year, decade after decade and it's easy to allow yourself to take it for granted.
After a scarcely believable 776 games in Ballymoney colours, a heart attack weeks before his club's McCambley Cup triumph three years ago taught John Waide that even life's seeming constants are never guaranteed.
Now club president, these past months have taught many similarly dedicated club stalwarts the same harsh lesson.
With four adult sides and a 200-strong minis section that first nurtured the talents of Ulster's Stewart Moore, wander down the path to Kilraughts Road on any given Saturday afternoon and, weather-permitting, action could be found, a weekend staple for generations of families in the small County Antrim town.
In the second tier of the junior game in Ulster, it was only back in December that it was standing room only in the clubhouse for a festive derby with local rivals Coleraine, adjoining committee rooms required to accommodate all those seeking their place at the pre-match lunch.
With the club chasing promotion, busy sidelines peppered with a healthy number of the same regulars there week after week come rain or shine had become a fixture.
One Thursday back in March, at an hour when many a kitbag had already been packed for that evening's training, one phone call changed all that. Covid-19 stopped rugby at all levels dead in its tracks. In Ballymoney's case, the season was over. There was to be no promotion and when it came to when those same crowds would next assemble at Kilraughts Road, there was no certainty.
"Obviously when the cancellations started, we were probably looking at a play-off to get in the league above and that was the worry," recalled Waide.
"As soon as it became obvious how serious everything was, that all changed. It becomes a bit of an emergency and it was a huge concern.
"We had to look at saving money wherever we could."
A committee was quickly set up, meeting over Skype, to slash costs to a minimum. The heating system was shut down and anything that could be powered down was switched off at the wall. Members bought stock from the bar that otherwise would have sat gathering dust, but the biggest concern was to be ground maintenance as deals with contractors had to be cancelled. Volunteers filled the void.
Indeed, with Ulster Rugby similarly at a standstill, even Moore was back, pitching in with the grass-cutting efforts.
After nearly 40 years around the club, Waide was surprised to see the sense of community come to the fore.
"It's a small club, but it's close knit, a family-driven club. You see the community spirit within the club, there's a real sense of belonging. We'd have young fellas in the first XV now that I remember starting in the minis 10 years ago," he said.
"So everyone comes together, whether that be with volunteers around the ground or even just checking in with some of our more senior members to make sure they're not isolated."
The immediate financial dangers averted as best they could, the next step was to focus on how best to ensure a safe return to play when the time came. Ian Frizzell, another boasting an association with the club that stretches back decades and by day runs his own health and safety consultancy business, was named Covid-19 safety officer. Described as "a godsend" by Waide, he was tasked with digesting directives from the IRFU and Ulster Branch before ensuring the grounds were ready to welcome back players and, ultimately down the track, spectators too.
"Health and safety, it's what I've been doing the past 14 years," said Frizzell. "The main thing for me was to get the guys onto the pitch but players, coaches, parents, guardians, clubhouse staff, everything and everybody has to be covered from the second they come onto our premises.
"That has meant things like signage, one-way systems, no access to the clubhouse and just following those instructions from the IRFU to the letter, the same sorts of measures that you've been seeing elsewhere in recent weeks."
As such, when players returned to training for the first time in over four months last week, installations such as touchline sinks and disinfecting stations dotted around the pitch, as well as plenty of paperwork, reminded that this was no return to normality and yet the process was markedly smoother than had been expected.
Coach Jonny Hanna, scorer of the winning try 10 years ago when the club tasted Towns Cup glory, said: "We were expecting a bit more disruption, to be honest.
"And I think that when the guys arrived, seeing everything that the club had put in place, they were content that it was safe too.
"We've had 40 players out for training so far, with six new players in that bunch, so it's been a success. We have had a couple of players who did come back and say that they were going to leave it a couple of weeks. That was their decision, and we supported them.
"The message that we're giving guys is to be sensible. If you're not feeling well, don't come. It's not like it's do or die. We're here for the enjoyment of it.
"Nobody is getting dropped, there's no pressure on you to come. If you don't want to because you're unsure or you're not feeling well, that's not going to count against you."
With games not likely to commence before October, it'll be a long pre-season, the physical act of training more important at present than the productivity of the work itself.
"For a lot of guys, there have been real stresses to it all," Hanna said of these uncertain last few months. "And then there's an isolation factor, it'd be easy to get down or depressed about it all.
"When rugby stopped, it was very sudden. Normally at the end of each season, you'd have a dinner or a function. Until that first night's training, a lot of guys hadn't seen each other since and I think they were just looking forward to getting back out there.
"We've not had to re-invent the wheel. We don't need to be doing close contact at the minute, there's plenty of passing drills we can do that keep players apart. Besides, one thing you can be sure you can do at a social distance is run. They'll be able to run, alright."
With training under way, the next step will be matches with supporters like Ricky Hegarty already eagerly anticipating the possibility of that October restart.
"Everyone in Ballymoney has missed it massively," said the former player turned regular attendee. "It's a big part of a lot of people's lives. Ballymoney is a pretty small place and the club becomes a social hub.
"It's one of those places. Lots of people use the club for private functions, the young farmers, birthday parties, that sort of thing.
"You'll see people who never had any interest in the club but they'll be there regularly at the different functions and activities that they come to. The rugby club is a focal point for the town.
"It's nice to get a bit of a buzz about it again when you see players coming in for training and hopefully it'll not be long now (until games).
"As the children would say about Christmas, we can't wait. We're all looking forward to it."
Living only yards from the ground, when it does finally happen, it'll take Hegarty mere minutes to get from his front door to his usual spot in the club.
For him, and all those who have kept things going during lockdown, though, those few steps will represent a far longer journey.