Do It All!
Is life an adventure, or what! I can promise you the word boredom has never made its way into my adventurous life; you can be sure of that.
I see these poor, pathetic souls hopelessly locked into their hand-held electronic zombie devices, and I can only feel sorry for them. Especially so many young people who have intentionally, or just mistakenly limited their view of the world, or worse, bypassed the possibilities that this incredible gift of life can provide.
I’m the first to admit the advantages of runaway technology when implemented intelligently and efficiently. Hell, I drive an 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat SuperSport WideBody Redye firebreathing fighter jet (based on the contents of the trunk) which happens to trounce the very best horsepower beasts of the so-called Muscle Car era of the 1960s and early 70s.
And of course, I pound away like a madman on my state-of-the-art pain-in-the-ass cellphone to keep in touch with family, friends, business associates and elected employees, the trick being knowing when to shut it down and escape the mayhem.
Which brings us to the point of this writing-the healing powers of nature and the soul cleansing great outdoors lifestyle.
I have forever waxed poetic on the sanity safeguards of balancing one’s life’s pursuits between productivity and recreation, and in these crazy, treacherous, trying times in America and around the world, such prioritizing balance could not be more crucial.
The term recreation itself says it all-re-creating our energies, sanity and recharging our spiritual batteries.
Truly the joys of hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, boating and everything outdoors is by my evaluation, the ultimate re-creating powers available to mankind on planet earth.
Nature certainly heals, but she heals most effectively when we actually participate as hands-on players, which of course is ultimately defined by hunting, fishing and trapping.
As we fight heroically to upright the goodship America, we will only be as effective as we are healthy, grounded, tuned in and recharged.
I admit to being more gungho when it comes to bowhunting than any other outdoor activity, but I do indeed fish, trap, boat, birdwatch and dig my mitts deep into the throbbing heartbeat of the good earth as a farmer and rancher as often as possible.
Just the earthly act of planting foodplots and trees each spring takes me far, far away from the increasing goofiness of the world, and as I wrap up each activity out there, I am genuinely rejuvenated and re-energized.
I love fishing for yummy panfish, shooting doves, waterfowl hunting, smallgame hunting, big game hunting, turkey hunting, bowfishing, archery, rifles, handguns, shotguns, blowguns, slingshots, pretty much anything and everything out of doors.
We all have our favorites, but never underestimate the thrills of breaking the mold and trying something new.
I would wager that many outdoor enthusiasts focus on a few favorite activities, and in my experience, when seeking new adventure and challenge, nine times out of ten the newcomers stick with it, and in many instances, discovers an exciting new passion that brightens their outdoor life.
Think outside the box as summer winds down and the magic of fall and winter brings us a new day, a new season, a renewed spirit and a much-needed upgraded hope for life, liberty and the pursuit of our favorite happiness.
Talk to you buddies, wander a sporting goods store, walk up and down some new aisles and go for something new and different.
Do it all! You won’t be sorry.