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Monday, December 19, 2011

Is It Only A Hobby?


This summer my kids (both are adults) received a Paintball coupon in the mail. They thought it would be a cheap way to spend a day playing outside and with friends. On the day of the event they packed a cooler with sandwiches for lunch, plenty of bottled water, and some chips—all to save on lunch and dinner expenses. They left early in the morning and returned late at night exhausted, dirty, hot, sore, and smiling from ear to ear.
They loved the sport. It took both of them a few hours of watching and learning to get a feel for the game and they each had to be shot a few times before their fear disappeared, but by the end of the day they were hooked. Both wanted to return and play again soon and they “surprise” invited me to play too.

 My son was able to go back the next day but my daughter had plans and could not return until the following week. I was able to make it a family outing on the weekend.

Saturday morning came early and with the cooler packed, coupons in hand, and some equipment my son had purchased loaded in the car we were off to “be paintball warriors.” After signing in, watching a safety tape, getting equipment etc. it was finally time to enter the battlefield. While hanging back during the first games three very important things caught my attention: I was with my kids playing together which is very important to me, I observed many dads and moms with their kids-both girls and boys of all ages playing together, and the club where we played stressed good language, even temper, good sportsmanship, family values, and safety before every game. By the end of the day I was sold on the excitement of the sport, the exercise it provided, and the three things I observed.

During the summer I went with the kids several times and now I have joined the club as a member playing every Thursday night with some other business men on a team. I use it as a relaxation tool, exercise outlet, and a chance to talk to new people about family values, sportsmanship, even temper, and good language. I am finding this hobby to be very beneficial to me for more reasons than I ever thought possible in a sport. Besides, I am getting good at it and I can keep up too. Sometimes a hobby can change the lives of those around you—and it has made my relaxation time better too.


By: Jeff Johnson

7 comments:

  1. Very special Christmas shot next to the tree.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  2. It is always nice to find a hobby the whole family will get to enjoy.

    I join them once in a while to take pictures, but the thought of getting hit with those paint balls would kill me before it hits me hahahaha

    Am glad Jeff found a hobby which works out as a family bonding time and a time to bond with the guys !

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  3. Thanks so much Jeff for shating, it is aleays great to bond with family through activities we like, we dont only get fun but we also learn alot more from each other

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  4. PS....... That was me Jeff earler, Bechai, many thanks again for sharing

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  5. hmmm I would love to try that...I am pretty sure I'd enjoy it!!! Chay let's play hahahaha, :-)

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  6. by the way, love the cool shots!! Merry Christmas to your beautiful family,

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  7. i'd love to try that too! maybe when Gian is a lil' bit older. ;)

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