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Old 11-04-2012, 11:45 PM   #31 (permalink)
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yeah, paintball has had it's up's & down's for me over the years, especially the last few. at one time paintball was all i thought about, wanted to do & spent money on. if a weekend went by that i didn't play i was not a happy camper. i had a group of guys that i played with years. then almost simultaneously they all drifted away. after that i played on & off for a while. i would tell myself i was done for good but i'd always get the urge again. i actually went an entire year without playing. i've gotten more into it again lately, especially since one of my old paintball buddies is getting back into it & has a step son that's going to play too.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:57 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:15 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:52 AM   #34 (permalink)
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This right here. I'm in a new place with new people. I'm hoping to make some new friends to play with. I still have the drive to play but it's the people that really make it. To that end next weekend I'm riding with someone I've never met in real life to an event 4ish hours away where I will shoot/be shot at and generally BS with people I've never met before...in real life. MCB is grand that way!
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:16 AM   #35 (permalink)
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..I quit the tournament side of paintball over a year ago, I'm pretty much only woodsball right now.
I'm guessing bored and a lack of challenge beating up on the locals, yeah?

if so:
step 1) Gear back hero. gear back until it hurts. less IS more.
step 2) Quit doing the easy thing and start looking for the stupid and impossible thing... then do it for the hell of it. look for opportunities to challenge yourself.

Is this doesn't work then yes - you are truly suffering from burn out. If so - then try finding some new friends to pal around with and give up the whole loner thing or take a break for a while until the itch returns.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:20 AM   #36 (permalink)
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This is one of my secrets to staying enthused.
Venturing into the unkown to experience a different field, player group, or style of play.
It's also important to keep other hobbies ready on the back burner. Rotate them in.
Nobody says you have to play every weekend like I do either.
Set aside certain weekends to travel to a farther field.
Network to get others to meet you.
Show up at your local field and just help newbs fix newb guns.
If you're bored at your field, spend the day practicing pure lefty.
Devote the day to trying to move as far up the field as you can without taking a shot.
Play stock class.
Take pics like you mentioned.

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:46 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I'm guessing bored and a lack of challenge beating up on the locals, yeah?

if so:
step 1) Gear back hero. gear back until it hurts. less IS more.
step 2) Quit doing the easy thing and start looking for the stupid and impossible thing... then do it for the hell of it. look for opportunities to challenge yourself.

Is this doesn't work then yes - you are truly suffering from burn out. If so - then try finding some new friends to pal around with and give up the whole loner thing or take a break for a while until the itch returns.
Definitely not beating up the locals, I suck at airball now haha

Yeah, I've been known to run around the woods with a nerf sword.....good times
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:00 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I have played, quit, come back, played, quit, etc.

When I play more than a few times a year I find that I begin to take myself, and the game, WAY too seriously. All of the sudden I get sucked into a team aspect and worry about being impressive more than I do about having fun. I keep trying to be as "good as I was" or as good as I remember myself being. Truth be told when I look at it now I don't think I was ever that good. I had some remarkable moments but they were moments. Most of the success I have been part of in the past has been attributable to the teams I have played with.

Now I play a few times a year. I don't worry about what anyone else thinks and play to enjoy myself and the day. I often enough hang out in back and stay off the speedball fields. Nothing wrong with speedball I spent a lot of time playing it but this is where my habits tend to start to come back and I find I am no longer having fun.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:14 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:23 AM   #40 (permalink)
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I play when the mood strikes me. I've been averaging once a month so far this year. I don't think I'd want to play every weekend even if I could, there're too many other fun things to be doing.
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