It’s fall fishing season, which makes us think about “catch and release.” The definition in Wikipedia might just as well describe casual dating as it does recreational angling:
“After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water before experiencing serious exhaustion or injury.”
Sounds like a good theory, but it doesn’t always work. Barbless hooks prevent only certain types of damage. . .post traumatic stress remains the invisible outcome. An unintended consequence of catch and release is that many of the released continue to suffer from the stress of their experience. So too, like fish, rejected lovers often return to the market, commitment phobic and unwilling to spawn.
Have you become “instinct injured “ after the meltdown of a love relationship? That’s the time to be careful about the local watering hole you choose for that drink. If you’re only looking to wade in beautiful waters, being a “trophy trout”, or snagging one, may suffice in a moment of need.
If love and relationships rank high on your wish list, it may be better to go casting your lure in the aisles of Barnes and Nobles? For those who are recovering from a fresh water struggle, consider the benefit of leaving the B&N barista bar, well read versus misread.
Life lessons can be found all around us in nature. Humans are not much different than once-hooked fish.
Julie and Jennie