There comes a time in every (short) person’s life when she is faced with a challenge; for some that challenge comes often. Most recently, my challenge was an option: do I give up when faced with a port too high for me to even see the target, or do I shoot?
Well, I was going to shoot of course, because I love a challenge!
But the question was now how could I manage this? I couldn’t see the A-zone (center of the target) while standing on my tippy toes! That’s when I met Mr. Box (Notice – the really good looking fellow between Eric Leach and me in the picture). He became a trusted ally at the last local International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE) match at the San Luis Obispo Sportsmen’s Association. The organizers of the match were thoughtful and really creative. Thinking of my height challenge, they strategically placed an optional box for me, providing access to the high ports.
It was a problem at first, but for every shooter, there will, one day, be a problem … but nearly always a solution along with it! Don’t give up! Face that challenge, through laughs and teasing and lots of head scratching, know there is a solution to be had. High ports or low ports, timer malfunctions or scoring malfunctions, in every match, there is something. Yet with the right mindset, any problem has a good solution! Even with a re-shoot, sometimes all you need to do is know what you need to do, shoot as best as you can! And don’t give up.
Mr. Box is now a good friend of mine, ahem, part of my squad. You see, I hit the target’s “A’s.” We had a grand time. I had a great squad and a great time. What’s better than a beautiful day on the coast, run and gunning with my revolver and facing a challenge head on?
By the way, I asked mom if Mr. Box could live in our garage until the next match. Her response, well … does rolling eyes mean anything?
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Hahahaha! You are so funny. Thank you for reading! 🙂
You go girl! I just recently retired from steamfitting. I’m a 5′ nothin’ woman and working in construction was always a challenge. Twenty years ago the industry wouldn’t even consider something other than their norm of “large” fits all. Although I’m just getting interested iin life as a retiree and possibly some shooting, I’m proud you’re starting to meet the challenges a man’s world offers and figuring out how to overcome them. I’m also glad to see the men want to work with you. Just wanted to give you an “atta girl” from someone who’s been meeting those challenges for a long time.
Pat, it’s really an amazing time for women in this sport because its evolving into a something for juniors and women as well, and fun for an entire family and not just the “rough and tough”. I feel so grateful to be part of this next generation! Thank you for the “atta girl!”
Another great, inspirational essay from the incomparable Molly Smith. Brava, Molly, and please keep ’em coming.
Thank you so much, Bill! I’m glad you enjoy my articles. I’ll have more posts soon!
Ms. Molly, I agree with your mom, only as long as Mr. Box stays in the garage, and there will be no dating without a chaperone, and is there any question about an age difference? Great job! Fun read! taking a copy home to share with my girls