I think the word “tragedy” spells out the news lately, and it has me thinking. First, I was shocked to hear the news late last week of the passing of a good friend of mine, James Guthrie, or “Guth” as he was known by many.
Guth was a prolific writer not only in the hunting world, but also in the firearms community. He had a keen eye for tactical tools. When I mentioned his passing to my son, who’s a tactical nut, he knew the name immediately … as do many avid readers and TV viewers who have seen Guth in action on the tube.
Just prior to his death, I was in e-mail discussions with Guth about some upcoming assignments, and a few days later I found out he passed away in his sleep. Nearly 10 years my junior, his sudden passing reminded me of how fragile life is and how quickly it can end. During our last hunt together, a muzzleloader whitetail hunt in Kansas, I couldn’t imagine this high-strung, Southern boy would soon be just a memory like our hunt. He left behind a great family including two small children, and my heart goes out to them.
Of course, the tragedy in Boston also weighs on my mind. What a senseless and cowardly act. All of the deaths and injuries were tragic, but the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard really hits home. This young man’s life was cut short by an enemy who attacks the young and weak from the shadows. What cowards!
Overall, the recent tragedies remind me to lighten up and take some time to enjoy life. Spring is the perfect season to do just that. Turkey season is in full swing and the kids and I are slipping in day hunts whenever the weather allows. As you know, I’m also addicted to shed antlers. I’ve been working like a madman to get ahead so, when the weather allows, I can shut off my computer and hit the woods for a scavenger hunt that feeds my dependence.
So, here’s my advice in this blog: Enjoy yourself. I’m not talking about quitting work and running off to Tahiti, but I’m suggesting you should take the time to occasionally enjoy some activity or pleasure that puts a smile on your face. Why? Because you just never know. Life is fragile and, in some cases, it’s all too brief.
It’s snowing again here in Wyoming, but when the snow stops you can bet I won’t be at my desk. I’ll be enjoying life the outdoor way and either dining on turkey or admiring a shiny elk antler at the end of the day.