Friday, September 14, 2012
If you let fear of consequences prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient and thin. - Katharine Butler Hathaway
DISCLAIMER: If you are anti-gun and/or anti-hunting please do not read any further as I'll be talking about both. Thank you!
Wisconsin has rich history in hunting. My great grandfather, grandfather and even my dad have hunted to supply meat for the family. My husband has been a hunter since his early twenty's. He hunts deer, turkey and the occasional rabbit. Keeping in mind that we eat the meat that is shot, that's why we hunt. The extra meat has really helped the grocery budget. So anywho....I wanted to join him. We thought it best if we both took a hunter safety class. For me to become familiar with guns and safety that is so important and for him as well. Many states now require non-resident hunters to have a hunter safety certificate prior to hunting in their state. We took the class and we both learned a lot. I don't think I'll be hunting deer in the future but, I thought I'd start by doing some turkey hunting. What's holding me back. The only thing between me and that turkey is a 20 gauge shotgun. It's a big gun, with a good kickback on it. I'm afraid of the gun. I take that back; I'm not afraid of the gun, I'm afraid of that dang kickback. My fear is so great that I can't shoot the gun, confidently! I've shot the gun just two times so far and both times I was shaking so bad. I know that I'm capable of shooting the gun, I know that I'd be able to shoot a turkey with it. But, my mind is telling me otherwise. I'm amazed (and I shouldn't be) on how one's mind can control what we do. The fear of the unknown consequences is so great that I'm afraid of taking that first step. There is a little voice that is telling me that I'm capable of shooting, I've had the proper training, don't be afraid. Unfortunately, at this time the louder voice is telling me that I'm incapable, I'm going to get hurt, what the heck are you doing? I need to 'shush' that voice and listen to my confident, courageous voice.
I know when I started running, I had some reservations and maybe a little fear. What was I thinking embarking on this new fitness adventure. Would I fail? Make a fool of myself? But, you know what? I didn't do any of those things. In fact, I surpassed my expectations. I ran a half-marathon last year and I finished in a great time. And than I ran another one this year and shaved 15 minutes off of my time. I've overcome my fear and uncertainty with running and have excelled. I just need to take that same experience and apply it towards my hunting adventure.