The morning air lends its icy touch to my skin as I prepare my tacklebox and fishing rod in anticipation of a long one-on-one with nature and my own thoughts. This has become a ritual for me that I built during a time where I struggled with motivation. The simple act of fishing has undergone an evolution of meaning in my life and taught me lessons which I now apply to almost all aspects of it.
Starting a new job would be considered a milestone for most people. For me, living with an anxiety disorder has hindered me from enjoying the attainment of many milestones in the past. With the help of medication and therapy, my ability to cope with anxiety in a new environment has decreased exponentially.