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I AM A PAINTBALL PLAYER

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Uploaded on Nov 27, 2011

Final Project for my field production class.

Matty Marshall's Speech:

It happens on a random Monday, coming back from an event or late on a Sunday night, right before you get on the plane and are about to be frisked for the third time. You're driving, you're flying, you're sitting in an airport seat with boys from the team. You're drinking stale coffee trying to stay awake. You're explaning the fat welt on the side of your neck to a confused stranger or a best friend. You're coming back to the other life...The one without paintball where noone understands why you do it. You're tired, you're working off little sleep. The question creeps up, and you try to ignore it. "Why do I do this?" Why the travel, the losses, the missed work, missed school, hours of practice, and the complaining girlfriend, because the lore of living a paintball life is just to potent, and the products of the road, the travel are memories forever in trips in strange lands with stranger people. In tournaments it feels like for once, you actually get to live as loud as you want...It's worth the sacrifices. It's worth all the bullsh*t, because if you work hard enough, a Sunday will roll around and you'll be in the huddle...screaming...with your hand in 1 among 10. Playing for the world title, and suddenly, all those clich├ęs you've ever heard make sense.......and you are defined. You say it to yourself, and it means everything. "I am a paintball player, and this moment right here, is my life."

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