One of my friends and proud Hormesis headband owner, Cory, told me he took his new headband out for a day of paintball last weekend. Jokingly, he explained that he “kept getting shot in the head”. I responded accordingly saying, “that one must be faulty”. On the surface, this interaction appeared to be meaningless and funny but upon reflection I couldn’t help but to put it into perspective. To me, this brought the idea that winning, albeit important, in some ways is peripheral to the real reason I play the game. Don’t get me wrong I love to win, but the journey I have been fortunate enough to pursue and the wonderful people I have met along the way are the real victory. Looking back at my life, I remember the great and interesting experiences with my team and times with friends I have met along the way, not so much the wins and losses. Only now do I feel true appreciation for what the game of paintball has given to us. Like many of you, paintball has brought us friendships, travels, laughter, comradery, and community. A week after Cory’s experience Yosh Rau and I joined him and some other locals in some pickup games out at Davis Paintball, Cory didn’t get shot at all.

One of my friends and proud Hormesis headband owner, Cory, told me he took his new headband out for a day of paintball last weekend. Jokingly, he explained that he “kept getting shot in the head”. I responded accordingly saying, “that one must be faulty”. On the surface, this interaction appeared to be meaningless and funny but upon reflection I couldn’t help but to put it into perspective. To me, this brought the idea that winning, albeit important, in some ways is peripheral to the real reason I play the game. Don’t get me wrong I love to win, but the journey I have been fortunate enough to pursue and the wonderful people I have met along the way are the real victory. Looking back at my life, I remember the great and interesting experiences with my team and times with friends I have met along the way, not so much the wins and losses. Only now do I feel true appreciation for what the game of paintball has given to us. Like many of you, paintball has brought us friendships, travels, laughter, comradery, and community. A week after Cory’s experience Yosh Rau and I joined him and some other locals in some pickup games out at Davis Paintball, Cory didn’t get shot at all.