Some say we take all the fun out of shooting a bow. We’re too serious.
“Just shoot and enjoy it. Quit making it work,” they say.
What they do not know is that the pursuit of perfection, albeit unobtainable, is pleasurable for many of us. The journey, marked by incremental points of progress, brings unrivaled satisfaction to many archers, me included. The poet Longfellow remarked, “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” We strive to DO, that others might see what is possible, with an eye ever focused on the possibilities that exist within our potential. If all of us realized our true potential we might strive harder to obtain a higher level of performance.
I view archery as a world with dew still on it, full of wonder and possibility. With each new arrow placed on the string there is opportunity. If I but do my part it will hit its mark and satisfaction unfeigned will be my reward. How could one ever question the pleasure obtained with a perfectly shot arrow, or the journey we took to transform what was once a possibility into a reality?