Many of you have been sharing your stories about how and why you became involved in shooting. Over and over I hear about how it has impacted your self-confidence and courage to try new things. I decided to start this blog not so much to share the technical aspects of shooting, but to be used as a platform for us to share our passion for shooting. So here goes…How my passion for shooting started:
As women, we tend to put the needs of others before ourselves; we are mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, employers, employees, volunteers, etc. We become the core for others requesting our time and attention and it often leaves us emotionally drained and hollow over time. This is the place that I found myself a few years ago; and then, I came across this quote in a book entitled, As a Man Thinketh, written by James Allen:
“Women are anxious to improve their circumstances, but unwilling to improve themselves, therefore they remain bound.”
It absolutely jumped off the page and into my soul! I knew at that moment, something would have to change, but I had no idea what. I’m an avid list maker, so I started by making a list of all the things I felt I needed to do and what I believed were my responsibilities to take care of them. Even though I have discernment for others and doing for others, it became apparent by looking at my list that I lacked the ability to govern most of them. I realized that the only things I could truly control and have power over were the things about me. What I allowed or put into my body and what I allowed to come out of it. For example, I could control my health, what I ate and whether or not I am physically active. I can control who I listen to and who I turn away from. I can control my level of effort. I can choose to sit on the couch and do nothing or I can will my body to get up. I realized I could also control what came out of me, how I reacted to others and to situations, my body language and most importantly, the words I spoke. Once I recognized this and started to make changes to myself versus trying to change, control or influence others, my circumstances and outlook started to improve. My second list incorporated the things and people I was thankful for. As I started to make my list, I found myself thankful for things I had previously held in contempt. I had been so unhappy at work, but many of the things I was thankful for were because of my job. As I increased my thankfulness, so did my happiness at work. The last list was my goals and desires. It included things I aspired to accomplish or do. Those were financial goals; career goals; places to see; materialistic wants, and buried somewhere way down on my list was the desire to “Obtain my carry permit and to carry with confidence”. Little did I know that acting on this one desire would make such an impact in my life. It helped to unbound myself and has taken me down a path I never knew existed.
So that was my start. But oh, the mistakes I made learning to shoot! Those future stories make for another blog! I want to hear from you. Tell us about who, what or how you got interested in shooting.