I am thrilled when I see a young woman fishing because I know she is gaining vital experience that will affect more than just her ability to catch giant fish. This time, she can not only influence how this young woman feels about herself, but also how she deals with life in front of her. Here are three of the many reasons fishing is incredibly valuable to young women:
1. Fishing takes you on an adventure
One of my favorite moments is when I take teenagers to the river in the fall and they attract waders for the first time. After their initial comments on how strange they look, most teenagers are fascinated by the magic of being able to walk in water and the freedom that waders offer. The whole day of fishing is full of new adventurous moments in which the angler must make decisions and learn from his mistakes in order to successfully outsmart a fish. When a young woman is challenged by adventure, she learns to fight fears, overcome obstacles and get out of the flow, feeling more courageous and able to deal with other difficult areas in her life as well.
2. Fishing gives her peace of mind
Studies show that adolescents who spend time in nature reduce their stress levels, calm fears, and encourage positive thinking. While young women focus on fitting the hatch or catching trout, they become distracted from dealing with problems they face at school or at home. This time in nature improves cognitive functions and allows the teen to break away from their chaotic world and find a healthy coping mechanism in fishing.
3. Fishing gives her new perspectives
Fishing provides hands-on learning opportunities for youngsters and gives them a first place in the nature show they may have only read about in books. When young people discover the beauty of the great outdoors, this new space becomes a valuable place for them. Fishing can also affect their perspective on themselves as skills learn new skills and build self-esteem. Developing an angler’s identity can lead to a future full of adventure and valuable experiences.
Teens get a lot from time fishing outdoors, but nature gets a lot from it too. In a world full of technology and entertainment, teaching teens how to care for the environment is difficult as for most this is a place that they have not connected to and that they don’t understand on a personal level. The more teens that are anchored in the outdoors and find value in this great playground that we all enjoy, the more future lawyers will have to deal with.
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