So, last weekend my family went paint balling at a park in western Maryland. I had never been before, and the rest of my family had never really done organized paint balling, so we really didn’t know what to expect. When we got there…
As we pulled up there were people in full-out combat gear holding their own personalized weapons. A five second warning had just been given for one of the fields that was about to begin playing and when we stepped out of the car, it sounded like someone was being murdered by a firing squad.
Needless to say, this was not what we were expecting. We were assuming this would be a fun family outing with some strategy games mixed in, but this was serious business. My sister immediately was wary and saying that she did not think this was going to be fun and that she did not want to die today, thank you very much.
I’ll be honest, despite our reservations, we jumped right in. And the first game was horrible. No one had explained the rules to us and we had no idea who was on our team or where we should be going or how much it actually hurts to be pelted with a paintball from close range. After that first game, we decided we would play one more, and if it was anything like the first, we would probably leave.
Staying for one more game was the best decision we made.
The second game was set up capture the flag style, and it was soooo much fun. We had finally figured out basic paintball etiquette and now we knew what our goal was. As we looked more comfortable, other players began to include us in their strategy as well, giving us direction and answering our questions when we didn’t know what to do.
We ended up staying the entire day and playing in several matches. We learned that the firing squad that we heard on the way in was actually a professional match between trained teams, not the recreation games that we participated in. We also learned that not owning camouflage pants and your own gun doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be good at paintball.
Long story short, this past weekend I learned how to play paintball. More importantly, I learned to not let my first impression of something put me off from trying it anyway. Sometimes, people will be kinder than you think and situations that seemed daunting will actually turn out to be a lot of fun!
Until next week,
Music choice for this week! My sister and I have been listening to this so: Journey "Open Arms"