Fishing and Mental Health
Blog by: Lloyd Tackitt 6/9/2017
Think about this for a few minutes:
In ONE DAY we are exposed to more news, make and spend more money, make more decisions, meet more people, are exposed to more information, sort through more information, travel more miles, deal with more stressors, are exposed to more cultural quirks than our grandparents were in A YEAR.
In some cases more than they did in a decade.
Just the amount of news we are hit with every day is incredible. We are constantly judging what is right and what is wrong in order to make ethical choices, because what was considered by our society to be ethical yesterday may not be considered by our society to be ethical today - and we have to decide if we agree with society today or if we are going to stand against the social ethics du jour. And tomorrow we have to do it all over again.
Our grandparents knew, from their traditions, what was right and what was wrong - there were no shades of gray, there were no new factors, there were no decisions to make - it was doing what their ancestors had been doing for a half dozen centuries before. There was nothing to think about there. Society was stable.
This incalculable information/decision/stress barrage that we are subject to today has taken an incredible toll. All you have to do is look around at the absolute insane craziness everywhere to see that toll. We are surrounded and immersed in this craziness so much that we tend to forget just how purely insane it all is.
We need to keep perspective - this life we are leading is bat shit insane compared to the previous 99.9999999% of man's history.
Technology has taken us from hunter gatherer's always faced with starvation and early death - to where we are now faced with early death from an over abundance of food and security. And we are faced with an over abundance of information, creating an over abundance of decision making. Which creates an over abundance of stress, which creates an over abundance of crazy. We, and our society, are overloaded at all levels.
Technology is a two edged sword. We need to dial it back as a society. Probably won't happen until there is some huge cataclysm - but as individuals we can dial it back. It takes resolve and perseverance, but it can be done.
Today the earth is spinning on its axis and rotating around the sun the same way it did a million years ago, the same way it will a million years from now. Perspective, that's what is missing. Perspective is what we need to keep the insanity from infecting us.
Fishing is a positive action we take to regain and hold a true perspective on what is important in our finite lives. Fishing restores balance, brings peace of mind, and heals the stress torn psyche. Fishing is an answer to today's angst ridden world.
The only thing better than fishing - is more fishing.
Kennywho, TX 6/9/2017 12:14:08 PM
Why are you such a pessimist? People have always lived under stress. It used to be about simpler stuff, but stress nonetheless. Just roll with the flow and don't worry about society so much. And, fish more than I do!
skiman, CO 6/9/2017 2:11:52 PM
There's a definite difference between being a "pessimist" and a realist. The stress referred to here is a different kind of issue then what we faced years ago. Today's stress is constant, and we can either choose to ignore it or deal with it. Fishing is but one way to deal with the stress of today's society. Getting out and away from it all is our lifesaver. To just "go with the flow" isn't the answer. We all need to find our balance between sanity and crazy. Good points Lloyd.
Lone Shark, CO 6/10/2017 8:28:07 PM
I personally don't find the view here pessimistic on the contrary really. Todays world we have news and social media blasting us literally at every turn. We have email, 200+ channels on the TV at home, Radio stations galore even more so than FM/AM, And good old social media and comment forums with people at each others throat constantly. We are bombarded with advertisements geared towards our every move. Inflation constantly creates a live that cost more to live than yesterday and yesteryear. So yeah it actually is just reality. 50 or 100 years ago previous generations opened a few pieces of mail here and there and sat and read the paper from time to time to catch up on what happens outside of their view. There are more mental health issues now than ever in the past and I believe some of it is contributed to this technology overload as well as all the processed garbage we consume in this world....So fishing is for myself as well a great way to get away from it all. I had a challenging week at work and chose to go to Horsetooth and fish until the sun came up Thursday night. Although tired talk about a mental reboot! Tight lines!
fisher21, CO 6/11/2017 11:02:23 PM
I think that your article is spot on, Lloyd. The technology and pace of life now is moving too fast and as a result we have more stress in our lives because the expectations at work and in life are that much higher. Although there have been plenty of societal benefits from technological advancements, there also have some negative aspects. I think that the human psyche has limitations and a lot of the time many people are experiencing sensory overload. Fishing is my favorite way to temporarily escape that world to hit the reset button and refresh my mind so I can focus on what is truly important in life. Keep on fishing!
Dave Mauldin, TX 6/15/2017 6:30:17 PM
Lloyd, you are right on, brother.
Your constant reminders are helping me keep on track.
I spent 37 years on the bleeding edge of high technology, and now glad to get back to my roots of remodeling.
And even if fishing is not totally relaxing to me, it does give me the break from the increasing pressures of our world, which is getting a little more stressful every day if we let it.
Yes we had different things to worry about 50-100 years ago, but we did not worry about being shot down by a terrorist, having our identities stolen, our computers hacked, social media taking advantage of us, and traffic out the wazzu in our cities.....just to name a few.
JKaboom, CO 6/15/2017 10:44:35 PM
Lloyd - well written perspective on life as usual!!! Thank you, I always enjoy your BLOGs