sealionI’ve been out, went fishing with my Dad.  And here is what I have to say about it.

THE CRITTER COVE FISHING TRIP

I caught a salmon in the morning, and a seal steeled it.  Then, I caught another, bigger, salmon, and a sea lion stole it.  Almost took my pole after running through my line and I realized.

This is fun.

It’s hard for me to commit to dinner, let alone a birthday party a few weeks down the line.

But when my Dad called and asked me if I wanted go fishing, my fear skipped a beat.  Sounds ridiculous but, it doesn’t matter what the occasions is, it’s hard to say yes, when you fly by the seat of your pants. So I thought…

Gosh, when is the last time I went fishing with my Dad.  When will be the last time to do this?

The uncertainty caused a pressure that made me commit.

So there I was.  Committed, phobic, anti-everything, and found myself saying yes… six months ago. To the trip.

I had anxiety about he whole idea before I said yes.

Anxiety about what?

Waking up at sunrise to catch some fish?

And enjoy some beer alongside some trees sprinkled with eagles on top?

What was my hang up?

I spent a lot of time brewing in anxiety which will always end in a No.

When I should be a Yes.  And it takes a skipper on a boat anal about the bate and the tide and depth of the lines.

To make me realize.

Just say Yes.

It could be a wedding, a dinner, a trip to Miami or Vegas, it doesn’t matter what the occasion is.  Once you get there you realize..

When is the last time I hooked a fish, and watched a seal steal it, after you fight a sea lion, that practically ate your rod? Don’t think about what’s going to happen when you get there.  Just ignore your comfortable relationship with anxiety that fuels a NO.  And say YES.

Sea lion image available from Shutterstock.

 


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    Last reviewed: 30 Jul 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). A Sea Lion Ate My Rod. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 25, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/07/29/a-sea-loin-ate-my-rod-why-we-commit/

 

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