We’ve all been there. “Ah! I think I want to start kayak fishing.” The Google search begins. “Ah! These fishing kayaks are expensive!” The Craigslist search begin. “Ah! Well, this will work…but I really want that pedal drive!” The depression sinks in. “Ah. I’ll just wait until I can afford that pedal drive.” If you are new to kayak fishing or have been kayak fishing for 30 years, I hope this quick read inspires you to pull the trigger (figuratively) more often rather than waiting for the best of the best. (Even though pedal drives aren’t the best. Let’s all calm down.)
In today’s world, it’s more about who knows what you’re doing rather than actually what it is you went out to do. This is coming from a brand that built it’s reputation on a social media platform showing off people doing things. Funny! The intent of this short read is to encourage or re-inspire you to do what it is you love doing without the intent of making sure other people know you enjoy what you’re doing.
It was a typical evening. The kayaks were washed, the fish were cleaned, and we were enjoying the view as the sun set in the distance. As we reflected on the day and shared fish stories my hand quickly met the back of my neck. Splatter goes the bug. The look of disgust filled Mr. Eddie’s eyes. Suddenly that look of disgust vanished from his face as he was filled with genuine concern. “Mr. Eddie, are you okay?”
It seems every time I open my Instagram page to check on some Yak Tribe notifications, I see a new “brand” page created. It’s usually some sort of picture re-post page or a page based on giveaways for followers. I remember that day I pressed “create account” on the Instagram sign-up page very well. I remembered thinking, “Okay. What the heck will make us different?” Since day one my goal was to always be intentional. In everything we do. My intention was to never start a re-post Instagram page. My intention was to use the social media platform as a way to engage in real relationships that would go further and deeper than any social media platform could maintain.
I recently did an interview for a kayak fishing magazine and one of their questions were, “Why did you start Yak Tribe?” Seems like a simple question but it’s more loaded than you think. If I had to boil it down to one word, it would be community. There’s a saying that goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, I was that child that a village had to raise. Maybe the deeper reason why I long for community in my life is because my childhood community was so scattered. My dad wasn’t around and my mom got sick when I was a teenager. I had coaches, family, parents of friends, church members, and local authorities keep an eye on me and mold me into the man I am today. If it wasn’t for a community of people looking out for me, I have no idea where I would be today.
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