When You Give Someone A Fishing Pole

When You Give Someone A Fishing Pole

You teach them more than fishing itself.
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Since I can remember, I’ve been going on a lake, a river, or the nearest pond to go fishing. One of the first memories I have is of me going fishing with my dad at our cabin and since then, I’ve been a girl who loves fishing. It’s been the thing that brings me many memories with my dad. It’s been the thing that I do to clear my head. It’s been the thing that I share with my family. It’s been the one thing I’ve continued on with since I made my first cast. I’ve gone through many passions in my life, but fishing has been that thing that I’ve done since I was little and I will continue doing even when I have my own kids one day. But if it’s the one thing I realized the most about fishing, it’s more than fishing. When you give someone a fishing pole, you give them more than a newly learned passion.

When you’re about 4 years old, staying still is not possible. You’re constantly wanting to find a new adventure and see what you can and cannot do. But fishing gives you something to do while giving you patience. Fishing is a constant waiting game. Catching a fish doesn’t always take one cast and one reel in. It can take hundreds of casts before you get a fish or it can take just a few. On those days where the fish aren’t biting, you learn patience is your best friend. Just when you want to give up, you’ll get a bite. Fishing has taught me patience at a young age where I couldn’t grasp the idea of patience.

This may sound silly, but fishing has also taught me that if you’re doing something amazing, take pictures. Because if you don’t take pictures and have them for proof, no one will believe you. You can struggle with this big fish that almost brought you out of your boat, but if you don’t bring that fish up and snap a photo, no one will believe. I’ve also learned to buy a waterproof camera for these times because phones can drop into the water when you’re not paying attention. Show off those great adventures of fishing with proof. Because if you don’t, your grand adventure will just be categorized as another silly “fishing story”.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from fishing is to take a moment to soak in the beautiful nature surrounding me. Fishing brings silence even at times when you go with a group of people. In those times, I’ve learned to enjoy the silence and savor the sight of the still water, the sun shining over the water, the sound of the birds chirping, and the feel of that slight breeze. This planet is so beautiful and with busy lives, we forget how breathtaking it truly is. We neglect the beauty while we should be giving it more attention. Fishing has taught me to take in the silence, enjoy it, and love what is around you. It has taught me that life can be simple if you just take a moment and relax.

Fishing has taught me so much, but most importantly it has brought me the best of memories. It has given me precious time with my dad. It has given me patience, love of the simple things, the constant reminder to take photos of amazing things, and to overall enjoy the great outdoors. My dad passed on a passion of his that he got from his family and I hope to do the same for my kids one day. But in the meantime, I will continue to enjoy fishing with the people I love and improve on something that I’ve come to love. When you give someone a fishing pole, you give them the catch of their life.










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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

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We have small devices hidden in the back pockets of our jeans that give us access to billions of users across the Internet, and all it takes is one post to spark a revolution.

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You spend time at least once a week going through your social feed. You even spend time once a day going through your social feed.

There is a power in the words you speak and post online, and these very words can impact others' lives, negatively or positively. As an example, according to the Huffington Post, women are met with being "…ignored, trivialized, or criticized by men…" online mainly because the rift between the two genders prevents proper communication.

Gender equality can be achieved by online engagement, or posting. In some cases, though, the opposite can be true. I personally love Instagram and will occasionally find myself scrolling through posts recommended by the platform itself simply so I can waste time and complain about that later. A few weeks ago, I happened to be relapsing into my Instagram addiction and found myself particularly drawn to a certain post by Rowan Blanchard, which had a caption reading that "Cis men are violent and dangerous and until numbers prove [her] wrong [she] won't be able to not make statements that can't be read as vague."

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Men and women alike have our differences that we consistently brush over in angry online comments but never truly sit down and discuss. The presence of a civil conversation between members of opposing sides of the gender argument is astonishing, and I myself have never seen one online. These conversations act like haunting illusions of a future we can only dream of, as if such a situation is purely unattainable otherwise.

We fawn over the thought, calling ourselves servants at the hands of a society where men and women can join each other and claim that there is no reason to feel unequal. The idea is breathtaking, and the friendships between men and women would be endless. Unfortunately, modern-day social media displays misogyny, misandry, animosity and all forms of verbal destruction against both genders that I feel sorry to merely acknowledge.

Before I took a break from being active on social media, I used Instagram to showcase my thoughts on these issues. I found it compelling to have an audience of my close friends and acquaintances listening as I explained and rationalized about online sexism repeatedly.

Occasionally, the topic sparked up friendly conversation about disagreements, and being honest, I felt threatened by how unthreatening the discussion was. It was as if I was asking for a reason to feel angry, to feel offended, but I instead was met with the harsh reality that social media can allow engagement in normal conversation.

The culture that revolves around online discussion is brash and led by emotion rather than by statistics, and while Blanchard may claim that she wants precise statistics before she alters her position against men, many online still fail to recognize the validity of such numbers. Her use of a hasty generalization clearly shows the lack of structure within her argument; I may be solely pointing her out, but her rationale stands as an example of the obstacles we face in the path to gender equality.

MSNBC used Twitter demographics to explain the impact of current events revolving around gender debates on the amount of discussion about sexism, and the results show that social media holds power. It holds hope and determination and serves as a pathway to a society where we may be able to hold hands and know we have no fear of being inferior to one another. Our generation is accustomed to seeing this magnitude of a response online, but when imagining every person who tweeted about this, there is potential change that we can visualize.

We have small devices hidden in the back pockets of our jeans that give us access to billions of users across the Internet, and all it takes is one post online to go viral. Within minutes, we can reach out to hundreds or thousands of people, updating them about our lives. With the ability to contact an enormous number of people, the only question you are left to ask yourself is, "How will you bring about a positive change to social equality?"

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