“The happiness we seek cannot be found through grasping, trying to hold on to things. It cannot be found through getting serious and uptight about wanting things to go in the direction we think will bring happiness.” ~Pema Chodron
When I was a kid, my parents used to take me and my younger brother fishing during the summer with some family friends. While I was sitting in the backseat, we were driving through the country. I had no concerns about the future. This was the time of innocence.
It was on this trip that I learned to fish for the first. I thought that attaching a piece of worm to a hook looked gross. But I was happy to be able do something adults do. On this trip, I learned a lot of valuable life lessons.
My dad gave me a child-sized fishing rod when we reached the dock. I was delighted. While the adults were busy, I went off with my rod to find a place where I could catch a fish.
I lowered my fishing line into an eye-shaped opening that had opened between two boards. It was the perfect size hole for a young child to catch small fish. I crouched by the hole, and peered at the water in the shadows.