As I sit and watch the high, fast flowing Cowichan River, it’s hard not to feel the same way about the past few years that have now whisked by me. Turbulent and over flown with emotion and hardship, while continuing to move at a constant rhythm. There is a sense of normality amidst the chaos that is the rain storm, blowing out her river’s sides.
Of course I don’t have all the answers to life, no one does… but for the first time ever, I have felt more at peace with that than ever before. I believe that it is not our past that confines us or shapes us for the worse, but more so the experiences that we bounce back from which aid us in our future. However, if we can remind ourselves on the daily to simply live in the moment and live for the day, then we will automatically find ourselves living happier, healthier and more enriched lives. The only thing constant in this life is change. However, some change just really takes time, and that’s ok.
One of my favourite sayings that I remind myself of frequently is that “Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.” I do strongly believe this to be true, because I have been down that rabbit hole before.
I now know that if I am granted many years on this earth and am lucky enough to grow old, that I simply will not remember the days where I just wasted time, or the times where I just wasted my days. I will however, remember the time that I had a special one-on-one fly lesson with April Vokey and tied my first Purple Peril, freezing my butt off on the Stamp while in hopes of catching a fish in sub-zero weather, casting lessons amidst wicked west winds at Windsor Park or catching my first summer run steelhead with a new friend in a beautiful torrential downpour. I will also remember sitting on a log while I scratched down this journal entry, watching people cast and simply enjoying my outdoor surroundings.
For all those who are able to soak up the moment and “be here now”… life is truly good.
As the brisk, swooshing sound of the river drifts past me at this exact instant, I feel calm, cool and collected. Overall, pretty darn happy.
Wherever your journey may take you, I hope you can always stay in tune with mother nature. She’s helped me a great deal, with processing loss, grief and most importantly finding my true inner-self - something that is always work in progress. Not all classrooms have four walls.
It’s time for us to tap into our wild side. I know I’m ready, and I’ve never been more excited to start living a real life.