What comes to mind when you think of adventure? Most people think of Indiana Jones and countless other Hollywood adventurers. Personally, I agree. What could be more adventurous then rescuing priceless artifacts from booby-trapped caves while avoiding or fighting scores of bad guys? Nothing really, but I also don't think that being adventurous should be limited to the likes of Indian Jones. Anytime you try something new or step out of your comfort zone, it's an adventure.
Recently I had an opportunity to go skeet shooting. (Machines throw orange clay disks into the air and you try to blast them to pieces with a shotgun.) To many people that probably doesn't sound terribly thrilling, and to many people, it isn't. I am not a gun person; I have never had a genuine interest in shooting them. Having said that, I will never turn down an offer to try something new. It's not very often I find myself totally out of my comfort zone, but that's exactly where I was last week with a 12-gauge shotgun in my hand. My day started with the question, "Have you ever shot a shotgun before?" Of course, my answer was, "No." Fifty rounds later, my shoulder was raw and I had a smile stretched from cheek to cheek. What blast! I never would have imaged shooting clay disks out of the air could be so much fun! The best part was the surprise at how exciting and fun shooting clays really was- totally contradicting all of my previous expectations.
Beyond using this post to show off a really cool picture of my self (above), I hope to encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone every once in a while and try something new. There is a good chance you may be pleasantly surprised!
A collection of stories and adventures from the FAMS director and instructors.