At the gym the other day, I saw a kid (anyone under 50 years old qualifies as a kid) sporting hot pink sneakers. Most likely, no older than 25, a refreshingly regular looking guy, he wore wild shoes. No shorts to the bottom of his fanny showing his boxers, no tattoos or piercings, but the fired up shoes sure made a statement. When I shot competitively, I earned the nickname “Punkin” (Southern pronunciation of “Pumpkin”). As a gag, I was gifted a plastic Halloween trick or treat pumpkin. I carried that thing on the range like I owned the most coveted piece of equipment. I carried spare boxes of ammo in it, I filled it with spent shells as the match progressed and we policed our brass. I learned that, for me, having something about me which was completely youthful, inane and silly broke the distracting elements of stress and match jitters. Like a little kid, I could proceed with my mission to my place on the firing line- I carried my orange plastic pumpkin. Maybe this young man at the gym did not feel like exercising, but if he donned his crazy shoes, he could get himself “to the firing line” and do what he needed to do. What is your talisman?
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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