Are We Having Fun?

I get it; sports should be fun, maybe.

Training, just maybe, isn’t all that much fun.  Archery tournaments don’t leave me sore from laughing. Certainly, during practice or training there are epochs of fun.  When a practice session is over you should feel you enjoyed the workout with some degree of satisfaction.  Tournaments have moments of satisfaction. But, fun? At times archery feels like work.

We all know fun when we’re having fun. Archery, without a doubt can be fun.  But, it is also work.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fun as:

“What provides amusement or enjoyment,a mood for finding or making amusement, to indulge in banter or playproviding entertainment, amusement, or enjoyment.”

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines work as:

“To perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations. To perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations.To function or operate according to plan or design.  An activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something.”

You can decide which of these definitions best matches your practice of archery.  You may decide there’s some overlap.  Admittedly, I am almost curious enough to ask for responses to the question.

You can, of course, respond. But, to get the larger answer to whether we’re having fun or is what archers do more like work I’d need to generate a more scientific type survey tool.  I’ll give that some thought. Creating a bona fide survey tool collecting the data then compiling the results could be fun.

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