As I contemplated my predicament, the realization came: I needed to steady my mind. We make mistakes when we don't take care to nurture our ideals and earnestly strive to meet them. It seems a funny lesson to glean from such a recreational pursuit, but I'm apt to find meaning in these moments. Like all facets of life, a fishing mission is more successful when you are properly prepared. I launched this day in a paddle-craft that I'd only been on once before. I didn't set it up properly as I rushed to get on the water and in position. The PFD I was wearing was new and different from my normal one. And so when the time came to boat and document the big bass, my body had the unease that comes from lack of preparation and unfamiliar tools. Mayhem ensued.
But equally important was the lesson derived from constantly driving to document everything. The freedom of being without my phone, and my wallet left me to focus on what I had left. In that time I picked up my girls from school and then called my wife from a land line.
All of them said the same thing; "We are glad you are ok and safe."
My family is the most important thing to me, and I'm the most important thing to them. I was in a remote section of the lake, alone, and jumped in (with a drysuit) to chest deep water to try and locate my lost GoPro and phone. I spent around 30 mins submerged in cold water, in a remote area.
I need a VHF radio.
On a philosophical level, my family is the most important thing to me. I should spend less time being distracted by work, etc and all the trappings of technology and more time being present with them. Also, I need to cultivate deeper, less distracted thought towards my other pursuits and activities. We only get one spin around on this ride of life. My objective is to push harder in that pursuit to live it more intentionally and with stricter accordance to the ideals I strive towards. Because what I've learned is that when I do not, when I get distracted, mayhem tends to ensue. That lesson pertains to life on the water and off.
So the other day I lost my phone, my wallet, and a GoPro, but I caught a big bass, and more importantly a renewed sense of life's mission.
“Not to feel exasperated, or defeated, or despondent because your days aren’t packed with wise and moral actions. But to get back up when you fail, to celebrate behaving like a human—however imperfectly—and fully embrace the pursuit that you’ve embarked on.”- Marcus Aurelius