Most days feel like the same old, same tired routine, day in and day out. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do – but things can get a bit monotonous. Even typing that feels monotonous. I guess I’m just having one of those down weeks, maybe months, where everything just seems a little off.
Rising before the sun comes up is only awesome for so long. When the sunrise stops taking your breath away like it used to, you know you might need to mix it up a little.
I’m not sure what led to the attitude shift – but it just seemed like everything was so much more of a struggle than it used to be. Kind of like I was trying to slog through wet cement just to make it to the end of the day.
Maybe it was that the fish weren’t biting as much as they used to. Maybe my passion had just slipped away a little at a time. Maybe it was being diagnosed with hemorrhoids from sitting all day in a boat. Maybe it was my children leaving the nest.
Whatever it was, it was time for a change. I couldn’t keep living this life of such miserable existence.
First things first – the hemorrhoids had to go. I had been using this cream stuff that you had to apply multiple times a day – just typing that out makes me cringe again and think it’s no wonder I was a little down. Hemorrhoid cream is messy and gross – and not in the same way fish guts are. So, I found this all natural, homeopathic hemorrhoid treatment called Venapro. Now this remedy was very different because it was an oral supplement that you take, and not a cream like all the others that I tried. The convenience alone was amazing, and that made me happy. In addition it actually gave me relief from my hemorrhoids and has kept them at bay so far. Mission back to happiness stop one – check.
The next step that I took was to really change my perspective on the act of fishing. Somewhere in doing it for a living, and having to support myself and family, I kind of lost my passion for the sport. I’ve always heard that a man without a passion, project, or adventure is a man that is head towards depression. I think that is where I was falling.
I didn’t want to find a new passion or project, for I knew I wanted to make fishing work, just need to change my perspective on it. So, I got some new equipment, and I just let myself fall in love with fishing all over again. You know what? It worked. I’m now chomping at the bit each morning to get back out there and fish some more.
Most importantly, I just took the time I needed to be sad. Changes are a big deal, and make me feel anxious. I needed to grieve the way things used to be, before I could learn to love the way things are now. So, I let myself mourn the loss of days gone by. And, it passed in time.
Not saying this formula will work for you – but I ditched all the other awful hemorrhoid supplements out there in favor of Venapro, I got some new gear and fished just for the fun of it, and I actually felt my feelings before I made myself move on.
My day in the life isn’t what it used to be, but it’s sure a whole lot better than the past month or two. While the fish might not be biting as much as I would like, the sunrise is a beautiful site again. And that’s really all I can ask for in this life.
Take the time to appreciate the small things, and you’ll live an over all appreciative life. And that’s what makes me happy.