Buying and renovating a new home is an equation that doesn’t equal “fly fishing.”
That’s okay. There’s a time for everything. “A time to tear down and a time to build up.”
The whole thing is overwhelming. As I’m writing this, I’m seeing some trim that needs to be replaced. And a baseboard heater. And some wiring. Honestly, I don’t even know where I’m going to put my fly rods in this house. (Don’t worry, there will be a place.)
I did find what used to be a water feature and a koi pond. But do I have time for dealing with fish that I can’t catch? Probably not. It’d just be one more distraction.
All that to say, this home is a blessing. I know that in a few weeks, today’s worries will be just a memory. There will be plenty to worry about then, anyways. The comforts afforded by being here will transcend the irrational and mounting list of pseudo-grievances.
Plus, if and when I go fishing, I’ll get to focus on that. No priming. No leveling. No figuring out storage. Just matching the hatch and minding my backcast. Getting hung up in the trees is a worry I can look forward to.
All in all, fishing or renovating or your first week at college or something legitimately taxing – you can’t run away. Going through this stuff is where the light shines through.