Why do we do the things we do

Happy Friday!

It was a short work-week for us with the July 4th holiday, but as usual once back at work we entered the week in full force. Every week is in full force, its tiring, mentally exhausting and physically draining.

Which is what reminded me of why we do the things (fishing, hunting, being outdoors) we do?  Our garage “bait” refrigerator reminds me why, I love all the decorations Bruce has found in celebration of fishing. 

The real answer is because it is relaxing, and enjoyable and gets us (and you!) away from the hustle of everyday with all the worries, technology overload and busyness of modern life. Bruce and I spend easily 50+ hours working each week, some weeks the hours are much much higher considering we work in the field of engineering/machinery and IT software development.  By the weekend or vacation time we want to relax and unplug and enjoy our family – unplugged. Even our kids are constantly surrounded by technology, games, phones. Everyone is always “on”, ugh!

This article from the Muse 3 Easy Ways to Unplug inspired me for today’s post.  In other seasons of my life I would be entertaining friends and very social, checking out the local scene downtown,  or going to sporting events in an attempt to unwind.  But, as a true introvert (who has attempted being more out-going), time and again from my childhood through adult years I always gravitated back to enjoying the solitude of the outdoors.

I love fishing in the spring and summer, being outside and on the water, with the rock of the boat and beauty of the lakes we fish…fishing is what resets us after a long week. I love being outside with my boys, fishing or hiking or teaching them about hunting. You can read about birds and trees and geology, but actually seeing the trees, the landscape and foliage or hearing the birds sing, and woodland animal-calls with your own ears is amazing. And as a mother, getting to pass along generations of knowledge and appreciation of the outdoors that my grandparents taught my mom, and they taught me, priceless.

Soon fall and winter will be here, time to switch gears into hunting season and we can enjoy the beauty of the fall colors and autumn air, and with luck this winter…snow!  But until then…

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Psalm 96: 11-12

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

1 Chronicles 29:11

 

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What could be more patriotic?

What could be more patriotic than the 4th of July weekend, fishing and having our country’s emblem for strength and freedom watch over us? This bald eagle sat watch over us on Lake Monroe. It was great! I think he may have had better luck fishing from the tree top birds eye view than we did! Only two channel cats this afternoon. 

Happy Independence Day America!