Pick Up Your Bow and Shoot

Josh, Tikka, and I made our trek to West Virginia last night for the weekend. It was a pretty long trip for everyone. Luckily, we made it in at a decent time. Unfortunately, we are only here for a day before we have to turn around and head south.

Josh and I spent the majority of our day at Hendershot Performance Archery in Belpre, Ohio. Josh has known the owners and employees at the shop for several years. Ever since we have gotten together, I have made new friends along the way. HP Archery is family owned and will take the time to assist your needs. HP Archery is our go to when we want to practice indoors. If you live close by, feel free to stop by and check them out. Tell them you read my blog post.

Shooting at 20 yards at HP Archery.

 While Josh was in the process of setting up his new 33” Mathews V3X, I had the opportunity to shoot my Mathews Prima. It has been a month since I picked up my bow and shot. I needed an escape from the hustle and bustle that has (and still is) occurred within the last couple of weeks.

Comparing my attitude from last year to this year’s attitude, I’d say that things are a little different. If I wanted to practice last year, all I cared about was hitting the middle over and over again. I wanted to be right every time. Everything had to be perfect. This was not the case today. I didn’t care if I made a group or hit the middle. I just wanted to shoot. I wanted to get that mentality back in my mind that I have stowed away since my last competition in August. Nothing mattered to me today. I didn’t care if I was perfect.

Squeezing in some shooting time before the Christmas dinner.

I know this mentality and feeling isn’t going to last very long. We will be practicing for competition after the first of the year. I will need to get back into the groove of things. I will need to prepare to judge yardage for the IBO competitions. I will need to have everything dialed in for the few ASA competitions I will be able to attend. I will need to get everything working to the best of their ability.

Until then, I am going to enjoy the time I had to just shoot. I was happy to have taken the opportunity and left all my responsibilities and worries at the door. I think major life changes change your attitude and perspective on life. Sometimes, the small stuff isn’t going to matter right now because that time for those small things hasn’t arrived yet. Sometimes, you just need to go with the flow and enjoy what you have in front of you. Sometimes, you need to pick up your bow and shoot.

The one and only time I hit the X without even trying.

After today, I look forward to getting serious while enjoying competition. I look forward to building on what I have learned so far and become a better archer. There’s going to be some ups and downs, but that’s part of life. This year, I have made it a goal to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy what’s around me. The rest will follow suit.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie Paige

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