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Let the Good times Roll with a Bang!


Since, polishing off the turkey, surviving the Boxing Day havoc, I began to clear the presents under the tree. and making room in the cupboard for my new dish set.  As I did this, I glanced to discover my lonely shooting range gift certificate, and glanced at my husband nestled on the couch.

Perhaps, today would be a good day to fire off some guns? We had a free babysitter, we had nothing to do, and I thought what the heck this is my chance to fire off a gun. So, I put on my favorite leather jacket, mustered my best cocky attitude, and grabbed Mr. MBA off the coach.

“That’s it! We’re going to the shooting range!”

“We’re what?”

“Put on your shoes! We’re going now!”

It was that one impulsive moment that gave the energy to  muster enough courage to go and attempt to fire a gun. It was only thirty  minutes later that I walked into the shooting range amazed and nervous. My cocky attitude disappeared as I realized I was about to fire off a gun. We signed our waiver, put on our goggles, headset, and  walked into the range.

At first, I was dumbfounded, I thought like the movies we would each have our own room. But no, it was wide open. I thought oh crap! What if some crazy person just starts randomly firing, but then I saw each of the range officers had their own gun.  I felt mildly safer,  assessed the other shooters, and thought if one of them  decided to go commando,  I would just hit the ground, and play dead.

The range officer called us forward, hung our targets, and explained how to use the 9mm. I looked at the Range Officer as if he was speaking tongues, my heart began to beat fast, and I was wondering if I would chicken out? Mr. MBA went trigger happy like a little kid who just bought a bag of penny-cent candy. I looked at the range officer, stalling, I asked,”Ummm…Could you explain that, again?”

He looked at my pale face, and calmly said, ” How about I just walk you through it?”

 And with that he talked me step by step,  through shooting my first hand gun. The moment I fired was surprised by myself, the power of the gun, the sound, and the fact that I actually hit the target. I was anxiously pleased with myself and unsure if it was me that actually just shot a gun.

'I can shoot straight, if I don't have to shoot too far...'

I shot  three  rounds of the 9mm. And thought to myself ” I actually did it! I did it! I fired a gun!” 

I always thought the shooting range was for testosterone pumped men. Not me?  But I did it! And  It was fun!

It was that exhilarating moment at the shooting range, I realized I needed to step more out of my usual routine. And decided this  New Year’s, I ‘m not doing the typical resolution list that I never follow through on. 

 I know  2011 will be about stepping out of my comfort zone,  and  attempting to try more new things.  You never know what to expect until you do it, whether it be the good, the bad, or the ugly!

 Hello 2011 may you be as fun as 2010! Just to let you know – I’m going forward and never looking back!  Let the Good Times Roll! Kapow!

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

6 replies

  1. Hey Sarah P.! I am so glad you used your certificate…And even better yet, that you enjoyed using it! What a wonderful memory! I love that 2011 will bring “stepping out of your comfort zone”. I think that is a wonderful thing that we should all strive for it. You inspired me. I want to step out too! Happy New Year! I hope 2011 brings you the best of everything!

    1. LOL! I couldn’t let a perfectly good gift certificate go to waste 😛 It was one of those now or never moments! I look forward to 2011! And who knows, what it will bring? I do know we have to make the best of our lives and have fun doing it! Cheers to stepping out! And Have a Happy New Year!

  2. This is fantastic! I am so excited that you actually went, just all spontaneously like that. Good on you for getting out of your comfort zone. That is something I need to work on as well. Yay for new challenges!

    1. I was very nervous the moment, I walked into the range, and had no idea what to expect…Luckily, the range officer was very patient and calm in explaining everything. He also helped me load the gun which was suprisingly hard…In the end I shot off a 9mm and a 40 calibre. It was a definite experince – I’ll never forget!

      Three Woots for New Challenges!

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