That’s Fishing

by Flynn on May 3, 2013

I’m a huge fan of the Deadliest Catch. HUGE! I’ve seen every season, watched many episodes in reruns. I love everything about the show. I have my favorites (RIP Captain Phil), the men I cheer a little harder for but, in the end, it’s one of those shows where there are no bad guys. I want all of the men to go home safe and whole to their families. I want them to be able to support their children.

The job is hard, maybe even impossible for 99.9% of people. It’s difficult finding the right spots to drop the pots, then there’s the complication of dropping these heavy, metal boxes into the ocean and then pulling them back out. It’s a compelling show because, despite the obstacles, you know they’re going to fish. When it’s snowing and the ice is building up on deck, they fish. When it’s raining, the waves are taller than most people’s houses, they fish. They show up in hurricanes. They show up in blizzards. THEY SHOW UP.

Now I’m not saying writing is as harrowing as crab fishing. I’m warm and toasty in my home in the winter and cool and comfortable in the summer. I have a roof over my head, no worries about snow or rain, no fighting 3-story waves or icy decks.

But there is always a storm brewing in my head. I traverse the peaks and valleys of my moods. The highs of positive feedback and the lows of rejection. I fight self-doubt, resistance, and lack of confidence.

Just like crab fishing, there’s only one way to keep going. SHOW UP!

Too many times, when things aren’t going well, we, writers, look around. We wonder what we did wrong, what the other guy did right to get where they are. In the end, it’s like Jake Andersen, deckhand on the Northwestern said last season when things weren’t going well…(Paraphrased)…”What did we do to deserve this? Or maybe that’s just fishing.”

So maybe “That’s just writing!” The rejection, the moods, the feedback that hits right and the feedback that hits all wrong. It’s us or, at least me, putting some grand meaning on something that really doesn’t have that much of an effect on whether we’re reaching our goals or making any progress.

So what do you think?


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