Balanced, harmonious, centered, relaxed, all these words are what many are working on as goals in life. Archery has not included these words until this year. Over the years, the coach has always said that coaches want students to not be all archery. A student that has other interests create balance. However, a student with the drive to be the best in the world can cause the scale to tip off center. There is no doubt that archery is a high-pressure sport. It demands tremendous focus and inner confidence to succeed.
Don’t put your eggs all in one basket, is a well known saying. This implies balance and a centered approach to living life. Over the past years, this archery family has helped the archer try to find another passion. Coming off an extremely stressful international indoor season, this archery parent saw multiple signs of the passion turning into dispassion. This past season did hold successes, and lessons in life. A couple lessons, that should have been left to an older age to learn, were difficult to overcome. Oh, too many eggs in the one basket.
It has taken several attempts at other sports and ideas for the archer to find an outlet. A healthy outlet, that has allowed archery to become fun again. These past two years, the archer as only said, it is not fun, it just works. The joy of archery had left, and we removed all the pressure of archery coming from us. So, what shifted? One, college. There has been pressure to continue archery and put school aside…archery seemed to be a potential Plan A. Two, is a new passion that brings joy. Archery is important, but not with the extreme pressure it once held. The results, a happily balanced archer, that is enjoying shooting. And recently the archer said,” I like archery again.”
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. It takes very little to knock an archer off the podium or the momentum that has been created. Archery takes physical, mental and emotional health to maintain the grind. Archery will be everything to a few, archery will be fun for many, archery will be the past for the rest. No matter where your archer is in the journey, establishing balance is life will create endurance and longevity.
Are you a parent of a young driven archer? An archer that wants to be the best. It is amazing to see passion bubble up in our youth. As a parent of an archer, that now looks backward to the days of the archer’s youth, a goal must be to teach balance. Keep your eyes on all those eggs! It must be the spring in the air that has chickens and eggs used for this blog.