28 Sep Jason Syens “Next 30 Years”
My Next 30 Years….Or So
Tim McGraw’s lyrics to the song “My Next 30 Years” seem pretty spot on as I look back at my last 45 years and more importantly ahead. He sang ” I think I’ll take a moment and celebrate my age the ending of an era the turning of a page, Now it’s time to focus on where I go from here, Lord have mercy on my next 30 years”
So now in many ways, in life and in hunting, I have turned the page. Many of you are probably asking yourself what the world could this on possibly have to do with the blog about hunting. My answer is likely not a heck of a lot After the first week of completely changing the way I hunt, this song came on while driving the hour back home, and the song made me chuckle about my learning experiences over the last week.
There were many things about that song that made me reflect on my life and how it had changed but this blog isn’t about that. If you ever want to hear my life story, or at least the last 6 years, shoot me an email, grab a bag of popcorn and allocate about an hour……its a good one.
The good news is that I am alive. So where would this song begin to remind me of my hunting? Honestly, I don’t know that it does or did in any other way than it was on while I was thinking about the year ahead and behind. Whatever the case, the title got you the read it.
If you’re going to pack in a stand, sticks, camera gear, and all the other nonsense that idiots like me do to capture it all on video, you had better take some time. For any of you that know me you know my motto is and always has been Full speed ahead like a bull in a China shop. It was quickly brought to my attention however, that dog won’t hunt in this kind of situation.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I think with respect to hunting, just like in many things in life, slow and steady wins the race. There is no strap all the stuff to your back and run up the hill as fast as you can, in doing that you’re going to accomplish several things, one you’ll kill yourself physically, two, you’ll blow all the deer out, and three you’ll wreak like man so bad you won’t be able to stand the way you smell. Well, some of you may.
Okay, this is starting they’ll sound like one run on sentence. What I am trying to say is I guess several things the first one would be to slow down and enjoy the experience. If you don’t slow down and enjoy every aspect of the hunt you’re going to miss 90% of the experience. If you read my last blog I think you figured out that one of the most enjoyable parts of the entire weekend was listening to the coyote’s sing to one another from ridge to ridge. In years past I would’ve been pissed off that I didn’t see any deer I would’ve felt like I wasted my time. This year, however, I managed my expectations prior to even getting there in doing that I had one of the better times that I’ve ever had in the timber. I didn’t see deer, I didn’t shoot a deer, I didn’t come close smelling a deer or anything close to a deer. What I did do, on the other hand, was enjoying the moment. I don’t want to get all sappy or preachy or anything like that, I guess I just felt compelled to share with you what I learned. Again, I am not sharing this in an effort to tell you how much I know, just sharing with you what I know. After being in the car business for now close to 30 years and running at warp speed all the time, I’ve had to learn to slow down and enjoy all the little things. I think in enjoying all the little things we start to measure success differently. Our success no longer is measured in the number of deer seen, the number of inches on a bucks head, a number of hunters in a given area and on and on and on. When we slow down, we realize that we are, for a very short period of time in their world. If you really think about it it’s a privilege to be in their world. Think about that for a moment, “Thier World”
All too often in this business called the outdoor industry, we get too fixated on measuring our success by the number of inches rather on a scoring sheet, rather than the memories that we make while in the field. We’re all well aware that our time here is short and no one needs to be reminded of that. What we do need to be reminded of however, is that although your time is short there’s plenty of time to stop and enjoy the little things and I promise you that those little things are what will make each hunt that you have, each hour that you spend in the field more memorable than they have in the past. If you are the kind of person that doesn’t grasp this concept, this blog isn’t for you. You can ask my wife (please don’t) I’m not the kind of person that grasps this concept easily, and probably still don’t to the extent that I should. I get so used to hustling and running and trying to make sure that everything is done so that I can go hunting that when I get to the part where it’s actually time to go hunting I’m so exhausted by rushing that I don’t really want to be there. That my friends is a bad equation and generally results in failure. Not just failure in not getting a deer but failure to enjoy the time afield. In doing the previously mentioned things you run the risk of ruining your attitude towards enjoying hunting, also ruining the attitudes of those around you. Without knowing, by rushing around just to get into the tree, I’ve willingly jumped into that hypnotic, sticky mess on more occasion where I was “ Finally Hunting” and away from the office. I can remember the feeling like it was yesterday of climbing into the tree and sitting down hoisting my bow up, hanging it on the hangar and thinking to myself whew, I made it. What I didn’t realize is that in making it, I was doing more harm than good. I had an effect likely ruined my chances at killing a mature animal, and more importantly, I had gone so fast that I didn’t get to enjoy the process. So do me this one favor, learn to enjoy the process. And more importantly than learning to enjoy the process please measure your success while in the field by the number of memories made versus inches on a Boone and Crockett scale. That’s my plan for the next 30 years!!!! Jason out!!
As in water, face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man.