So it’s a new year. And since I (sort of) keep up with my writing, I suppose I’m required to make some sort of post that reflects on the last year. Right?
Everyone’s doing it, after all.
2012 was bizarre to say the least. With the exception of graduating college, there was practically -nothing- that happened to me over the course of the year that I actually saw coming. So here’s a list of things I absolutely was not expecting in 2012 (Picture heavy):
My first pig.
Wishing I’d played football so I could tackle deer better.
Becoming a giant fan of craft beer.
Killing multiple deer with darts, yet failing to kill one with actual rifles/bows
Playing with awesome technology (including FLIR)
Sightfishing for Bonito
Having multiple writing opportunites open up
Being single for the first time in seven years
Nearly stepping on a giant rattler
Catching my biggest bass
Then doing it again
Getting a Facebook, Twitter, AND Smartphone (I’ve almost caught up with everyone else my age)
Making life-long friends in the middle of no-where
Realizing that fawns get eaten like hot-cakes
Killing my first coyote
Killing my first boar with a pistol
Going Crappie fishing for the first time
Getting VERY little kayak fishing done
Becoming an uncle
Fishing out of a Gheenoe
Catching my first Snook on the fly
Discovering Mullet isn’t good when grilled
Practically becoming a radio telemetry master
Realizing how important family and true friends are
Having the Jeep attempt to kill me on multiple occasions
Realizing the Jeep will float (for a second)
Discovering that bow hunting for pigs from the ground is easier said than done
Going on my first muzzle loader hunt
Getting momentarily burned out on hunting for the first time
Actually -wanting- to be around people/civilization
Confirming the fact that I absolutely -cannot- work in an office cubicle with no windows
Learning what “Business Casual” means
Becoming a firm believer in the ThermaCell
Getting paid to write
Getting a new girlfriend
Killing my biggest boar
Learning to play one of the greatest games ever invented: “Stump Game” (I’d suggest googling it)
Learning that deer can actually growl
Deciding to go back to school
Though this isn’t an exhaustive list, I feel like I’ve hit the big moments. I purposefully -don’t- write about everything that happens to me in the outdoors. It’s important to me to do this as I often find myself becoming disengaged as I try to take pictures, or failing to really appreciate the experience by rushing to write down the events. Certain things make it on the blog, while others are saved to be told first hand around a campfire, on long drives, or when the bite is slow. The love of simply telling a story often outweighs the love of writing about it.
2012 was a pretty wild ride and brought an absurd amount of unexpected events. If I could change just one thing, it’d be to get more kayak fishing done. I really barely got out in the bright yellow yak. So even though I’m never one to make a new years resolution, I guess if I -had- to, it would be to fish out of the kayak more in 2013. Sounds reasonable…no?
I will be back out in the woods again this spring to tackle unsuspecting deer. I’ve also got one more whitetail hunt planned before the season ends for good. I know that things won’t go at all like I expect them to in 2013, but I look forward to the unexpected. After all, the unexpected is what makes for good stories.