marceldacs, on 29 January 2013 - 06:31 PM, said:
My parents are exactly the same. My whole family, including myself, is anti-gun and I am the only person to realize that real guns and paintball are COMPLETELY different. My parents on the other hand believe that paintball is where stupid and violent people shoot each other. They think that it is the same "concept" as war. I have tried so much to make them believe that paintball is completely different but have no luck. When i play paintball, i have almost zero support from my parents. The way i get around this? I used to be a video game addict playing up to 10 hours per day on the weekend. Once I got into paintball, I automatically stopped playing video games. In fact, video games actually bore me now. Just don't let your grades drop while you play paintball. This gives them something to hold against you. My grades have actually risen from All A's with a one or two B's to straight A's after getting into paintball. Because of this, i was able to prove that paintball didn't hurt my school work.
My mom is Japanese and grew up in Japan where guns are against the law and looked down upon. Needless to say, when I got into paintball to make a living, she was not very happy. 18 years later and still in the the paintball industry, I can say she is very proud of me. It took about 7-8 years, but it eventually happened.
The nice thing about paintball is that it teaches safety. This is also a big thing when dealing with your parents. It is best to know how to handle everything and how to do it safely.