Our Wildway Crew highlights ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Within each of us lies the potential to live life to the fullest. We have the ability to choose our own destiny, live without fear or limits, challenge ourselves and grow, do and be whatever makes us happy. We have the ability to be free. It's how you live a Wildway of life and there are people all around us inspiring others with their actions. We want to celebrate that by highlighting and honoring those who #LiveWild.
Meet this week's featured Wildway Crew member:
College Station, Texas
Alex’s Wildway of Life = challenging myself to keep exploring new and unfamiliar places, specifically lakes, rivers, and countryside where I can combine my love for traveling and go fly-fishing.
Alex’s Outlook = " "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Meet Alex. Alex is a student at Texas A&M University (Whoop!) studying for his industrial distribution degree, but he takes every chance he can to get out and explore. Spring Break, summers, weekends - you’ll find Alex somewhere near the water where he can live his Wildway of Life.
Here is Alex’s story in his own words:
“Thanks to my parents, I was fortunate to grow up traveling a lot. They sparked my love for traveling and opened my eyes to the beauty of visiting and exploring a completely foreign place that I'd only seen pictures of or heard stories about.
For me, living wild means challenging myself to keep exploring new and unfamiliar places, specifically lakes, rivers, and countryside where I can combine my love for traveling and go fly-fishing.
Fly-fishing is a combination of hunting and fishing because you are stalking fish, trying to match your fly to whatever is currently hatching in the water, and are constantly moving to hit different “honey-holes” either by wading or floating in a boat. I learn something new every time I go and am always honing and improving my technique. I often get lost in the moment because of how focused I am on tying knots and casting, that sometimes I have to remind myself to look up and just appreciate where I am.
There are few things I’ve done in life that can give me the same adrenaline rush as watching a trout propel itself a couple feet through the surface of rushing water to attack your fly, setting the hook, and fighting to reel in whatever happens to be on the end of your line. Your heart starts beating fast and you feel an instant connection to the fish. It is extremely rewarding finally netting a fish, and the best part is, the feeling never gets old.”
I love the part where he says to take time to appreciate where you are. Often in life, we are so focused on the next day, the next level, the next adventure that we forget to actually enjoy the process. We forget that at one time, we wanted to be exactly where we are now.
I think Alex’s fly-fishing is not only a great escape, but a great way to bring you to the present state of mind and be grateful for all that you have.
Live Wild. Fish Wild.
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