My first shoot of the season didn’t go as well as I expected or hoped that it would. I struggled with remembering just how to do this sport that I love. No kidding I actually did. It felt like my first day shooting ever. It was extremely difficult and embarrasing to go through that. I felt discouraged and was upset. I struggled with the most basic things.
So why am I telling you this?
To show that no matter how good you think you are there will always be times when you will struggle. No one is perfect and we all mess up. But the best thing for us sometimes is to not do as great as we think we should. You can’t always have an “on” day. Everyone has “off” days every once in a while. And it’s ok to have off days, you just have to embrace them and take it for what its worth. All the while remembering that we are human and we will make mistakes.
So I struggled through my first competition of the year and it was terribly embarrasing at the time. It was a great eye opener that I need to practice a lot and get my exercises in. No matter how fit I thought that I was, I was reminded very quickly of all the muscles required to compete. I was also reminded of the struggle to keep my head about me. The whole sport is a game in every sense of the word and it is always hard to get back into it after a few months away.
Now I can laugh about it and be thankful for it. Now the only place to go this season is up. I can only continue to improve. The great thing about competiton in any sport is that there is always room for improvement. What matters is that you are having fun, you hold you head up high and you don’t let it negatively impact your day or the people around you.
It’s always hard to not perform at your absolute best but those are the times that build true character.
At the end of the day I had a great time and I got to see all of my shooting friends that I hadn’t seen all winter long. All in all it was a great day.