Beck & Beck Auto Accident Attorneys January 2020

January 2020

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National Hobby Month

I bet most of you reading this didn’t know that January is National Hobby Month. It’s okay, I didn’t know either. January in Missouri is a great time to dive into your indoor hobbies, since we can often go many days with freezing temperatures and no sun peeking through the clouds. My hobby is fishing; my wife says her hobby is raising our three kids, but I’m not so sure that is categorized as a hobby under the official hobby rules. As many moms and dads out there know, it is hard to find time for any hobbies when you have kids under your roof. I’d have to argue that raising kids is a hobby, as it is usually fun, enjoyable and often difficult — all of which are characteristics of a hobby. My dad taught me how to fish, so I’ve passed it onto my kids as well. Although it takes many years and hundreds of hours on the water to excel at fishing, it is always a challenge. There’s so much to worry about: the air temperature, water temperature, water clarity, barometric pressure, season of the year, fish activity level, action of the lure, and the list goes on. Even after all this time, there are plenty of days when I put in many hours of fishing with little luck. To that, I say, “They don’t call it catching!” My primary focus is bass fishing, the most common and available sport species in Missouri. The sport of bass fishing has become exceedingly complex in recent years. I assume it’s mainly due to all the gear companies wanting to sell you more lures, rods, reels, and other accessories. The older guys I’ve fished with always like to mention these “newfangled” lures with a nod and say, “This one has been catching me fish for 50 years.” I’ve found myself

any day at work.” For those of you reading this article who are fishermen, you understand what I mean. For those of you who haven’t picked up a rod in years, make 2020 the year you get back into it. For those of you who have never fished, call up a fishing friend and tag along; I promise you’ll have an enjoyable and peaceful time away from the daily stressors of life. We all could use a bit more time out in nature away from our phones, internet, computers, and work. A bit of time to clear your mind and relax is something we all need more of. I’ll leave you with my favorite fishing quote that sums up what many fisherman know, others will eventually learn, and some may never understand: “Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.”

fishing a few times alongside a group of elderly gentlemen at my family farm in recent years. It’s always a pleasure seeing them fish because they’ve spent many more hours on the water than I and seem to know what the fish are thinking. They are such seasoned anglers that they even root for the fish at times and aren’t too upset when they escape. It’s all part of the game, they say. If catching fish were easy, everyone would do it and it wouldn’t be so enjoyable. Fishing alongside these older gentlemen always highlights the real reason to fish ... to enjoy nature with friends and family. I like the old saying, “A bad day on the water is better than

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Happy fishing.

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