We have all sacrificed so that we can play this fantastic sport, some more than others, and some in different ways. For many it is just the financial sacrifice of having to pay for all of the gear that is involved with playing paintball. Then there are the few who sacrifice not only their time and money, but also for their team. There are teams that are simply that, a team. Nothing more. They only play on the weekends and at events, but they aren’t really close friends and in my opinion that makes them weaker as a team. If a player loves the game and their team the cost of playing and the amount of time spent becomes trivial and unimportant, it becomes about the team rather than themselves. The win is the team’s not the individual’s.
I have seen friends of mine lose relationships with fantastic people because their team and this sport was important to them in a way that their friends, girlfriends, or even spouses could not understand. Yet this loss was worth it to them because the sport was something that went deeper than the weekends, it was about going through all the grit and grime and hard times for that one moment where they can look around at their team and friends and know that they earned their right to be there; it means so much more that they actually fought for something that they care about. Those moments and feelings are very rare outside of paintball, and it is one of the reasons that people don’t understand why we do it every weekend while the chores and errands stack up; well this is why.
What have you sacrificed for paintball? What is the most that you would sacrifice for paintball? We want to know, so please comment and start the conversation!