Monday, February 9, 2009

Stress relief and hurling lead downrange

I went shooting last weekend for the first time in several months and after going I felt good. I felt damn good. I was relaxed, I was focused and I wasn't concerned with all the crap that had been crowding my mind for the last few weeks and it wasn't until today that I figured out why.

Massad Ayoob explains it in his blog:

Which leads us to my personal theory of why people like us find shooting so relaxing. Those who haven’t done it figure we’re burning off steam by imagining a hated boss’s face on the target as we fire. No, not at all. Because we have to focus so intently on safety with the deadly weapons we’re handling, it forces out extraneous thoughts. Mortgage situations, the economy, inimical political parties in office, all gray out into the far background when you focus on safely, accurately, and swiftly discharging firearms. It’s purging, really. I expect those who practice extreme sports such as rock-climbing are getting the same effect.

1 comment:

Epijunky said...

AMEN Dude...

Seriously. Glad that you got to get out... I'm looking at going Wednesday.