The Definition of Passion

  1. A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.
  2. Ardent love.
  3. Strong desire

Synonyms are fervor - fire - zeal

Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement; passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible.

This definition of passion sums up the way Floyd Wells views his archery experience. It is more than a hobby; it is a lifestyle for Floyd and his wife Caroline. Most of their vacation time is scheduled to include an archery shoot or a hunting trip. Their living room displays vintage archery paraphernalia and hunting photos interspersed with antiques and mounts. Several times a week the couple shoot their longbows in the yard or woods surrounding the 100 year old farm house that they call home. Most weekends are spent at the various local 3-D archery shoots in the area, shooting outside year round.

A native of Michigan, Floyd attended college at Washtenaw before joining the staffing crew of Lenawee County Probate Court as a Child Care Specialist, some 36 years ago. Writing became a hobby for Floyd during his high school years when he was the editor of the school newspaper. He has since been published in a number of outdoor magazines and newspapers. Floyd brings a diversified resume to the Michigan Longbow Association Council which includes board seats of churches, private schools, planning committees, coaching, camps, hunter’s safety, nature and archery programs. Floyd is a certified archery instructor with a propensity toward sharing his passion for traditional archery.

“It’s what we do,” Floyd says as he spine tests a batch of mismatched wooden arrows. “We have 8 new shooters meeting us at the next shoot. I’ve been through over 300 shafts today trying to get everyone a half dozen arrows that match the bows I have for them to shoot. It can be a bit time consuming.” Floyd laughs as he checks each shaft for straightness before placing them into separate quivers. “We love to share the joy of the longbow with others. It's fun to watch them start to grow and then take off to experience what we like to call the traditional archery lifestyle. We love to watch folks just burn with the desire to learn about archery. It is a joy for us to see.”

Floyd is a longtime member of the Michigan Longbow Association as well as several other archery organizations. His passion for traditional archery reaches deep into his everyday existence. Spend more than a few minutes in conversation with him and the discussion will no doubt center around the bow and arrow. “After all”, says Floyd, “archery is simply a means to an end. It is the people that make the difference. The kind of people you find in traditional archery are second to none. We camp, sing, cook, shoot, tell stories, all the great things that outdoors people enjoy. The camaraderie is what it’s all about. It is a wholesome, family atmosphere, bar none!”