One of Fish For Changes’ pillars is connection, a word that to many of us is up for interpretation. To some it can mean connecting to things, people, places etc. For me personally, connection has been something I’ve struggled with my entire life. I’ve spent the majority of my youth so far searching for something to take place of the very attiment feeling of loneliness I often find myself feeling. The fly fishing industry is very small and at times can be brutal, leaving you feel as though you’re in it all alone. Finding genuine people that have your best interests at heart and truly want to be there for you has often left me with a lot of disappointment and heartache. Going into my trip to Guanaja I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I think my mindset, to a degree was relatively pessimistic due to my previous personal experiences within the fly fishing community. Thankfully my mindset was quickly changed when I arrived to this breathtaking island. Being blessed enough to spent these oh so fleeting seven days with this indescribable group of young women has enstilled an unmeasurable amount of soul enrichment to my life that I know I’ll never forget. Spending this time surrounded by people who want nothing more than to lift you up, encourage and support you has filled voids of love in me I didn’t know I had. I want to finish this off by simply saying:
Words fall short in expressing my gratitude to my time spent with Fish For Change and I genuinely believe that there is not another program that can offer this type of connection, the amazing place that is Guanaja, and the sport that brought all of us together.
I will forever be grateful to Fish For Change for changing my life.