Henry David Thoreau once said that, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have not lived.” Exploring the outdoors has become a huge passion of mine. Like many people, it provides an unexplored beauty of adventure and tranquility. As much as we can get lost with the various technological gadgets in our everyday life, I would advise you to take the time and embrace the outdoor world around you.
Now, with it being summer time, one of my favorite pastimes and hobbies is to get out on the water and go fishing. While some people have specific reservations about fishing, what they really need to understand are the positive factors that fishing can have, especially within a group. To begin, as much as fishing is a journey, it can also be seen as an opportunity to escape the pressures and stresses of the world. In my mind, it is an incredibly cathartic experience. Simply getting out on the water with your friends allows you to clear your mind of all worries and enjoy the hunt of the game. While some people may view this as a lackluster activity, the ability to just float around and converse with your close friends is an experience that anyone can enjoy.
As for the hunt, there is a culmination of anticipation and pride. Similar to soccer and baseball, fishing is a patient sport. The much-anticipated wait will continue to build as you sit on the edge of your seat knowing that something out in the water, at any minute of the day, could snatch the bait and land you with that golden prize. While each fishing journey provides a wide range of opportunities, you cannot help but love the unknown.
Now, the true thrill is when that bait is caught. This is what I call, ‘on the hunt.’ Once you get that bite, a jolt of electricity seems to hit your body. For novices to the sport, you can immediately see a sense of gratification and happiness when this happens. In the grand scheme of things, there really is nothing like the first bite. As this happens, that is when you have the corroboration and support of your friends. The excitement and advice from them and the final applause once you reel the prize in the boat is truly a remarkable moment.
But what really makes this special is the camaraderie. As much as you see the support when you catch that big bite, the ability to spend your time with your friends and loved ones in an atmosphere where anything and everything are open for discussion is a beautiful moment. But even with that sense of collaboration, there are still simple instances of pleasant solitude. To just be in your thoughts as you wait for a catch is something people strive for each and every day. That ability to self-reflect and just think is rare and should never be taken for granted.
Now, to wrap everything up, the last benefit of the experience is dinner timer. Depending on where you go and what you catch, many people will walk away with a fresh meal. Yes, there is a cooking portion to this experience, but unlike other meals, this one will have a better satisfaction because you were the one who caught it.