Hunting Too Much??
Growing up, I went through many stages and had a multitude of hobbies along the way. Everything from playing guitar and skateboarding to football, basketball, bowling, and of course, hunting and fishing. I kept myself busy and was passionate about all of the hobbies I took part in. I can remember the late nights of playing my guitar until the skin was coming off of my fingers and then continuing to play thereafter. I can also remember trying to learn certain tricks on my skateboard until I could barely feel my legs. In the past I have called myself an extremist. My heart and soul has always bled into the things that I love to do. My wonderful wife knows this well about me and is a saint for putting up with my “obsessions.”
As I got older, my interests have seemed to dwindle a bit. Maybe, a better way to put it is my interests are more defined. What was once a thousand year oak trunk that held my hobbies, has been whittled into a spear. We grow up and our focus changes for various reasons. Be it kids, work, or other endeavors, things are put into perspective as we get older. The thing that has remained a constant though through all of these years has been my love for the outdoors, and in particular now, my love for hunting.
So, just like when I was younger, I am still putting everything that I have into what I love to do. I do things EVERYDAY now that have to do with hunting whether it’s hitting the gym to stay in shape or creating what you are reading right now. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a life outside of all things hunting. I probably wouldn’t have the marriage that I do, if I didn’t. Luckily, I have the supportive wife that I do whom embraces this lifestyle that has enveloped me, because it truly is a lifestyle. I no longer consider hunting a hobby, it’s just something that I do, just like going to work or eating for that matter. I have to work, I have to eat, and I have to hunt. Period.
Where there is passion, there is drive, and where there is drive, there is direction.
The title of this post is “Hunting Too Much??” Let me ask you a question. Can you be too passionate about something? In my opinion, NO, as long as you are acting within reason and not taking things to an unhealthy level. We have to know how to tame the beast, if you will. If you love something, you love something. Plain and simple. Where there is passion, there is drive, and where there is drive, there is direction. I feel sorry for people that don’t have something that they love to do. Something that puts them at ease and hits their reset button. We all need that.