by: Lora Varju, Bowtech Pro Staff
As a child we dream of what we will be when we grow up. It may be a doctor, a ballerina, a biologist, or even an actress. But, during that same time it often becomes instilled in us that we are to grow up and work the Monday through Friday 9 to 5. That is the grown up life. It’s the responsible thing to do. So, when we grow up we often put our dreams aside and do the grown up thing. I know I did. In the beginning it was ok. I was happyish. But, soon that feeling turned into the desire for something more. I believe each of us is born with a calling, a purpose if you will. Sometimes it takes a small nudge, or possibly a large push to realize that purpose.
For years I led the day in and day out adult life, but my heart was wildly calling for more. There had to be more. I had children at a young age and was a stay at home mom. I was told that alone was my purpose. That is who I was supposed to be, who I am. My heart wanted more, and in my God-given core there was a longing to do more. That’s when I began to pursue my bucket list, and on that list was archery. There was a point when someone told me it couldn’t be done. That I’d never be able to do it. That push was exactly what I needed to find the motivation to finally realize my calling. I knew I found my calling when the item on my bucket list wasn’t a simple a thing I could pick up and just put down. I could feel that with each bit I learned, my love and passion for archery grew. I remember that moment when I began talking to someone and I could feel my eyes light up and my smile get bigger. It’s that thing that I could talk to someone for hours about. This was my passion.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to share this love with others. When talking to a friend the other day she asked me “what’s your goal?”, its simple I want to inspire others to find the thing in their life that makes their world catch fire. My goal is not to make everyone a hunter or an archer, but to give them that encouragement and support to take that first step. To step out of their comfort zone and try something new! Life is too short to live the mundane, find your passion and fuel it! Take that first step and run!
In July 2016, I took that passion and put it in motion. With the help of some really incredible ladies I have the honor of calling friends and stepping out of my comfort zone, a dream to inspire others became a reality. Together we organized an all women’s archery day. The idea was to create a venue, which included no pressure or judgment, where women could learn about archery. A place where first timers, and veteran shooters could hang out and visit and learn from each other. It made my heart joyful to see the smiles and hear the laughter and to see 40 women come together and be in a place where they felt free to be themselves. Some of them walked away with a new found hobby and some were inspired to try something new, to realize they had it in themselves to step out of that comfort zone and pursue what’s calling their wild hearts.