Axes and Acceptance

Sometimes I think at heart, there’s still a big part of me that’s a lonely little girl terrified of rejection. But in this case, this is a happy reflection. Because partly, it means that I’m absolutely overjoyed at new friends.

I haven’t posted much (at all?) about the axe-throwing league I joined this summer, but it’s been AWESOME! First of all, it feels amazing to throw axes. There’s nothing more satisfying than the thunk of metal lodging itself into the wooden target. The atmosphere at axe-throwing is also amazing. This is a combination of a few things- amazing music in a warehouse that smells like woodchips (for some reason I strongly associate this with summer), lots of beer, and incredible people. Even though I started off REALLY sucking (and now I only kind of suck), everyone is super supportive. Some of the best people in the league cheer me on and share in my joy as well as my frustration when the axes clatter off the target to the floor. The best moment was definitely when I hit the special 10 spot that you can only get on the last throw. Literally the entire league burst into applause and congratulations.

There’s a lot of down time in the league as well, but I find this to be a perk. When you’re not throwing, you end up sitting around while drinking beer and chatting with the other axe-throwers. Everyone is friendly, supportive, and fun. We all have different hobbies and jobs during the day (from someone who works at NASA to teachers to hot tub sellers and more), but we all bond over axes and beer.

Now that I’ve finished the first league and am getting pumped to start the second in a few weeks, I feel like I really belong. One of the axe-throwers invited me to participate in a D&D campaign, which is amazing because I definitely can always use more gaming in my life. I also got invited to the special Facebook messenger group (for participation in 1+ leagues) and they invited me to come throw axes with them in Columbus this Saturday. I was disappointed that I’ll be at a baseball game and fan appreciation event, but really pleased to be invited.

Just these simple conversations put a big smile on my face today. I joined the league because I was interested in throwing axes- still am and it’s awesome! But I also found friendship, and that’s been a lovely surprise.

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