You know I’m a great enthusiast on fishing. I can fish all night long. As long as I have my equipment with me, some food and beer (and maybe a novel), I’m good to go. I don’t have to go home for a day.
Recently, I was fishing along the jetty near my place and this young boy as fishing there too. He was about 17 years old. I was quite amazed. I wonder, why would a young chap like him have so much time to fish? Aren’t they in school? Aren’t they changing the world?
If you know me, I don’t give a damm about my surroundings. I couldn’t care what people around me do. But for this young guy, he caught my attention. He was not there just to have fun. In fact, his fishing equipment can be on par with mine! He has a huge tool box of tackles!
So I went over and have a chat with him.
“Young man, you seemed to be very into fishing yah?”
“Hey thanks. It’s what I love to do when I’m not studying”…
Our chat continued on and on and on… and he later asked me if he can fish for his entire life. The reason being, he has not much interest in learning things taught in school.
He is going to take his O levels soon, and one of the subjects he is weak in, is his Chemistry. He loves Biology (maybe it got to do more with living things and fishing?), but he has no clue what chemistry is about. Atoms? Molecules? Chemicals?
So his parents sent him to O level Chemistry tuition just so that his grades can be improved. The funny thing is? He is contemplating to skip his tuition class which is in the evening (I met him in the afternoon).
So what can a man who has studied before, and also love fishing teach him?
Studies or Fishing?
Without any doubt, I told him to stop his fishing, and go back to his tuition class. I may look like a discipline master here, killing his interest to tell him to go back to school. But again, I held no responsibility over his grades!
Fishing… there are tons of opportunity to do it.
O levels examination? It will probably be just once in a life time. It is one exam you don’t want to take over and over again. I then gave him a challenge:
If he can go ahead and do well for his O level chemistry, then I will bring him out of this jetty, and into the bigger waters to fish bigger fishes. I will also lend him my tackles and other equipment for future uses.
And maybe catch a big fish like this guy.
Alright, that’s only if he met the challenge.
I hope today’s entry is not too boring for you. Sorry, no fishing tips today, but a short conversation with a young man whose passion lies deeply in fishing. However, I hope I have helped him get back to school, and also challenge himself to do well, in order to earn a fishing trip!