Fishing has been a part of human culture since the dawn of time. It may have started as just means for obtaining food, but it has evolved into so much more. While it still is used to provide us with food, we have discovered many more ways that it sustains us as well.
Throughout most of the world, fishing has become a cherished pastime. Whether it is with family, friends, or just by yourself, fishing allows you to spend time outdoors in the fresh air as you are rewarded with the pleasure of self-fulfillment. These days, outdoor activities are even more cherished than previously.
After so much time secluded in our homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, most are desperate to get out and experience some fresh air. Also, they want to be able to reconnect with their family and friends. However, many fear the resurgence of the virus due to the new variants. So having an activity that they can do with their friends and family but still maintain a safe distance is exactly what they need right now. Fishing offers that opportunity.
So other than providing a way for friends and family to spend time together safely in the midst of a pandemic, what are some other reasons why you should learn to fish if you have not already? Here are some reasons why people find fishing to be beneficial to you both physically and mentally.
- Respect the Outdoors
We are truly in the age of technology. There are so many new games and apps that keep us tied to mobile devices and other technology that we do not venture outside as much as we should. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of their life indoors.
Spending time outdoors is important for your health both mentally and physically. The sun offers the best way to get our Vitamin D and studies have found that connection to nature lowers stress levels, which leads to lower blood pressure and decrease in depression. Many forget how much our body needs to be in nature. Fishing allows us to have an interactive sport that can engage us outside our technological tomb.
- Learn Practiced Skills
Fishing is more than just throwing a lure in the water. There is an art and technique to it. In fact, there are several methods and techniques developed depending on the type of fish you are wanting to catch and where you are trying to catch them. Many of the techniques have to be exact and take time to master. It is most certainly a practiced skill that has sparked the need for countless informational and instructional material to be produced. Fortunately, these days, that material can be easily accessible. There are websites available that offer guides and tutorials for fishing techniques and styles that exist. Whether you are an experienced angler or a beginner, there is help out there to get you to whatever next level you desire.
- Understand Patience
Patience is not a word that most people can honestly say that they are very skilled in. For most, it is a skill that needs to be taught versus just being blessed with it. It takes focus and technique to become truly patient. The best teachers are methods that offer rewards due to controlling one’s patience. Fishing does just that.
Some can seemingly do everything right, technique-wise, but still wait for hours before they get a bite. As you can imagine for most, that would be extremely frustrating and hard to stick with. However, if they do, then they are rewarded with a fish at the end of their line. Patience such as this can allow you to excel in other areas of your life as well. You will have mastered a skill that not many truly possess. Fishing also allows you to set goals for yourself. When you are able to achieve that goal, then you have a sense of fulfillment. This is extremely good for your mental state. Many search long and hard to have those feelings… If only someone would teach them how to fish.