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Make a commitment about your fishing in 2012

It is hard to believe we have already completed 2011 and we are at 2012. The year seemed to fly by like it was only 364 days! As I get older, it seems that all the years pass more quickly. How did I get this old so fast?

I had a number of years with New Year's resolutions that were really boring. It seemed I would commit to lose weight, get into shape, cut out sweets, exercise more, and blah, blah, blah. I realized that I had to keep making the same resolutions year after year, because I was not following through with them.

Then, some years ago, I started making resolutions about my fishing. I always followed through with them. I think it may have something to do with what I truly have some passion about.

If you are reading this article it is most likely because you also share a passion about fishing also. We do things like read articles, attend seminars, talk fishing, search the web for fishing info, shop at fishing stores because they are like candy stores to us now. If you can relate, yes, you indeed have an addiction you need to address. Thankfully it is a healthy affliction and is worthy of a greater sense of commitment as a part of your New Year's resolution.

I think it is about making a resolution that is not selfish about fishing, but is unselfish, and about sharing or inspiring the passion in others. Or, at least is about committing to myself to make sure I take the time to enrich my life with my passion so that I am a healthier person, and it will reflect positively in my relationship with others (That's what I tell myself so I can justify my resolution).

Be creative, think outside the box, and come with something you will follow through with. I can make a few suggestions that may stimulate some ideas for you. Plan a special trip with a special person you have been meaning to share a trip with. Many times, these experiences become easy to put off, and all of a sudden it is too late because life interferes with life. Get that special trip in! Donate time or resources to a fishing program that serves others, such as "Let's Go Fishing" or "Take a Kid Fishing." Invite that friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member that you have been meaning to treat to a trip to go fishing with you. Join a fishing league so you can get in the boat with that friend or spouse more often. Fish a tournament, as that can be some great fellowship time, help with learning, have some fun, and get some guaranteed time in the boat with your partner. Try some new lakes or teach yourself and practice a new technique. Organize all your waypoints, icons, boat, and equipment. It is always a more pleasurable trip on the lake for you and others if you are organized and efficient.

This year, make a resolution that will enrich your life. Make a commitment about your fishing. You will be a healthier and happier person. You will also feel good about yourself for following through with your resolution this year.

(Laabs runs Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes.)