A few minutes ago I think a lightbulb finally went off in my head. I was sitting here at work completely frustrated and stressed out. I was at the point where I was asking myself "Why". Why do I come in early each day, why do I do this and that, etc.... Then something just popped in my head, "I wonder if a 50# catfish would fit in my live well." Yea I know sort of random, but then I started drifting off and thinking about my boat and fishing the rivers, specifically the Ohio River in Point Pleasant, WV. It's probably one of the few times in the last full year that fishing didn't stress me out. I haven't had my boat out one time this year. It's been a real rough year at home (family health wise), been full of stress at work and fishing just didn't seem important. The sheer thought of preparing to go usually got me down. I have found every reason in the book NOT TO FISH this past year, some of them very valid, some of them not. I figured I'd make this post to not only remind me but others who could be feeling the same way I have been about why we do things like fishing and hunting: We (at least I) usually do it to get away from everything else. I myself have been caught up for the last couple years of trying to fish for that "big fish" when I go. That also adds stress to fishing. I myself have been caught up on getting that "Trophy". I'm sitting here right now thinking that a trophy can mean many, many things. It could be a 3 # Channel cat or a 90# doe it doesn't always have to be that 40# + fish or that wall hanger of a buck. I think the last 20 or 30 minutes has done wonders for me. I can't wait until I get home tonight and share this feeling with those around me. For the longest time my dad has always found time to spent the weekend down at this cabin relaxing, hunting or fishing for what I used t think was silly things like Crappie or Carp from a picnic table at the local lake (Lake Logan). No matter what, he seemed to have made the time to relax and just take a load off. I think I now know why, I must say it's a pretty good feeling. I am going to try and come back to this post when life makes me think that I don't have time for the small things. I think it's already worked a bit, as I've been sitting here for about 20 minutes just taking it easy and using the time as my lunch hour. Well I shut my office door as well as the blinds only to have two people come knocking on the door to tell me their major problems. The difference this time verus the dozens of other times this has occurred is that their problems don't seem so major this time go round. I must say, it feels pretty good. I say to anyone else, go do what it is that you like to do: If that's hitting the local river or lake or even the local paypond, do it. Have fun and relax a while!