Ok, I’ll admit it! I had lots of stuff that I should have been doing. Cutting the shoreline, trimming those limbs that I’ve been putting off, putting a second coat of stain on the new porch posts, working on some videos, cleaning out the boat or even getting in a workout were all ideas that crossed my mind yesterday afternoon.
But none of that got done! It was just too pretty of an afternoon to consider working on anything. After two straight weeks of sunny skies and temps approaching 100, this 80 degree, cloudy afternoon was like a gift from God and there was no way I was going to waste it by being productive.
It had been a couple of weeks since I went fishing, so I grabbed a couple of rods and a few bags of worms and headed to the small boat I keep tied up at the dock for an hours fishing. Nothing was going to stop me. Not even the snake that I almost stepped on when I got to the dock (did I mention I really need to cut the shoreline) slowed me up.
Just the act of stepping into the boat and heading out to fish has always been special to me and this afternoon was no different. Almost immediately (as soon as my heart rate got back to normal after the snake incident), I could feel the stress and difficulties of the day slip away. It’s always been this way for me. On the water and fishing is where I belong. When I’m fishing, nothing else matters and days like this one make up for a lot of bad days.
There are few moments in life that are as calming and tranquil as just easing down a shoreline, quietly pursuing bass. It’s hard to describe to people who don’t fish; but for those of us who do, I don’t have to explain. In part, it’s about being out in nature. Listening to the birds, watching the wood ducks take off, hearing the chirp of the crickets and watching the wildlife (even a snake) is part of it but it’s so much more. To me, it’s a feeling that this is what I was meant to do and a feeling that I could do this every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy.
On days like this, it doesn’t even matter if I catch anything. It’s just being there that matters. Days like yesterday remind us that there’s more to life than just work and getting by day to day. Most importantly, day’s like yesterday remind us that this is why we fish. This feeling beats almost any other feeling and I look forward to many more days, just like it.
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