So yesterday I had a business acquaintance ask me what I was doing Saturday (today) morning...
I replied that I was teaching an NRA course at my local range.
"I hear you can make a LOT of money doing that" he said.
"Nope, we do it for a very low price...the cost of the course materials only... and the instructors work for free."
"Why waste a Saturday if you don't get paid?" he asked.
I left as soon as I could. Not worth the time to explain to him that by teaching others for only the cost of the materials, I am paying back all those people who took the time 20-30-40 years ago to teach me, and set my feet on the path I walk today.
He'd not understand that I still owe a debt to some of those people....many of whom are dead of old age by now ...So all I can do is pay it forward....continue the legacy. Honor their time by investing my own in the future.
He'll not understand. And that is why he and I will never be friends.
*ETA: 24 new shooters and 3 old men who showed up looking for entertainment. Class was 50 50 men and women, more or less. Several mother/daughter groups.
About half will take more training, most learned that firearms aren't evil, bad,or dangerous all by themselves.I think everyone enjoyed themselves. A fair percentage will end up owning a firearm.
24 "New Shooter Grins".... I got paid. And I paid it forward.
Yeah.... another wasted Saturday.