So this is what I did to overcome stupid.
I signed up for their Women Only Training Class. Fourteen women came together to learn. Some had their own guns & ammunition, some (like me) rented everything. Some of the women had handled a gun before, others (like me) had not.
We spent 45 minutes in a class environment. We learned safety. We learned how to grip a gun.
We learned how to stand with a gun.
We learned how to load a gun.
We asked questions. We laughed. I wanted to cry. Seriously, I was that afraid.
The next half of the class was spent at the indoor range. I wanted to leave. I was sweating. I wore platform pumps and had this really big ring on my finger. What was I thinking? I was miserable.
It took me a moment before I could pull the trigger. I hate the element of surprise and I was anticipating the gun to act violently towards me. I did not want it to be loud. I did not want to look stupid.
I did it. I pulled the trigger and then again and again. Was it my Laura Croft moment? No. Did I start singing some AC/DC song in my head because I was a re-born bad-ass? No.
When the night was finally over, I spent a few moments in my car reflecting. I was proud of myself and I was going to continue with my training until I was comfortable.
Just a note: This is not a post on politics, ethics, religion or whatever soapbox you would like to stand on. This is a post about an incredible company (360 Tactical), that is run by an incredible staff (thank you Justin). This is a post about me. This is a post encouraging you to overcome fear & stupid, whatever your fear & stupid might be.
I will write a part 2 next week. Max rocked the Zombie Clowns!