Time For Tilda

Jakub Kanok introduces his daughter to fly fishing

On skis by the age of two, building igloos in the High Tatras, skating in the crisp air during the winter months. Mushroom foraging, running wild with cousins through the sprawling fields of Moravia and the fly fishing streams near our cottage. All these precious memories jump into my mind when I think back to my childhood, and I believe these experiences shaped the man I have become and the way I have looked at life ever since. No doubt there has been a huge decrease in the amount of time kids spend outdoors in comparison to previous generations. I am not here to tell you what is right and what is wrong. The earth is home to many people and we all have a different perspective on life and the things that are important to us. But we all must agree that there are many distractions in today’s world and most of them just simply consume our time and lead many of us away from pursuing the activities we love. Being outdoors is a huge part of our life and when our daughter Matilda was on the way, we kept hearing how much our life was going to change and how we wouldn’t have time to do all these things any more. We were a little nervous but refused right from the start to let all the negative talk affect the way we live. No one can tell you how it is going to be. It’s all up to you, and if you want something, you just have to do your best to make it happen. However, once little people enter your family, things do change. You will never take free-time for granted again, but at the same time I highly encourage you to get your precious ones on board with any activities you do. Start them young and they’ll continue. And what’s in it for you? You get to keep doing what you love, and you’ll soon realise there is another level to be unlocked!

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