Archery is a sport. For some it is also a way of life. Or at least a meaningful part of a “normal” life.
After 6 months of thinking on the role of sport, I’ve concluded that a critic was wrong back then.
The act of promoting archery cannot be to the detriment of archers. I don’t mean “a rising tide lifts all boats” but that could also be true.
After a 5 year history of participating in several community archery events, a club president arbitrarily decided that it was not prudent to continue – it was “outside” of the normal functions as that person narrow-mindedly perceived the function of the club. As a result, hundreds of kids from one event never got to touch a bow – their path through life remains duller, less enjoyable. At the other event about 1000 kids did not get to learn about archery in college. To me the loss is not calculable.
It is incredibly important that any opportunity to share archery is NOT ignored. You deprive yourself as well as those that would benefit.
Look. Archery. You do it because ….?? If you view it as a job right now, think back to when you started. That was because you … enjoyed it? Why not help others to enjoy it as well? As you share your insights, your knowledge, your sport, you learn more about yourself. You become better by helping others. So the next time you wear an archery-related shirt be ready to share the sport. Heck, share the sport without the shirt (umm, do wear some kind of shirt, ok?)
Archery is a sport to be proud of. You can be proud, you can share, and be a better person thereby. No risk of diminishing yourself if you speak from the heart and are truthful.