There is a new movie out. It is a movie about life as much as it is a movie about fishing. A Deliberate Life is finally done and available for purchase.
This movie his close to home for me. I’ve fished with Matt and Rebecca, although both in the salt and not on the trout streams they are featured on. I met both of them as things were swirling either in my life or theirs. I remember telling Rebecca down in South Andros I feared my marriage was either done or nearly so, and the following week my premonition was largely fulfilled.
I finally got to fish with Matt in Florida, where we got soaked to the bone. This was as I had just learned I was going to have a son after getting a second shot at happiness. Soon thereafter it was Matt who was facing an ending marriage and going through the hard times. He’s come through it and it is possible I’ll see him again, in Florida, this summer.
I’ve thought a lot about their project in the couple years since I first heard about it. The idea of living deliberately is one that resonates with me. For me that is about getting after it and not being a passenger in life. For me it has not meant I abandon reason and buy a lodge in Andros, but it means learning to be truly happy where I am with what I have. I can be happy selling specialized coagulation testing. I know I can, because I am. I’ve chosen to be. I’m happily remarried and the happy father of both my daughter and my new son. I have not let setbacks keep me back. I’ve moved forward, deliberately.
The movie goes on that theme and is told by good people. The fishing is incidental, but it is well done.
I hope you check it out.