Thankful Outdoors: Mother Nature Teaching Patience

thankful outdoors fishing
Connor and Bryce

MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – The students have become the master! Thursday evening Connor and Bryce boated more fish than I. Not sure what is happening with my fishing luck lately? I know I have been spending a lot more time looking at the surroundings than concentrating on fishing.

This evening I sat looking at the leaves changing colors; the almost full moon was pretty as ever! The squirrels in the oaks nearby chased and knocked acorns down. Now and then, I would feel a light tap on the end of my line, and it was another missed fish!

Just like a Major League Baseball hitter, you can get into slumps. My slumps, though, do not draw criticism from fans. It’s just a guy who has taken his eye off the ball and focused on looking at the things around him.

moon over water
September moon

Thursday night not only offered a night of natural beauty, but it also gave me a chance to see the smiles of my boys. Seeing those smiles is a reminder that being a dad is an excellent job to have.

Raising teenage boys can give a parent an empty feeling. They are not very talkative; they often show little emotion towards things. It makes a guy wonder, am I doing things right? Then you see them smile over something. Or maybe they open up to you, and when I say open up, it’s a 15 second moment! They might share something about their day, tell you something they have going on, or ask questions. Those brief moments still make it all worth it.

When I got home and gave Angie the update on the evening’s results, she grinned at me and said, “are you still thankful?” What a great question, and the response is I’m always thankful! The question is a reminder always to celebrate the experience.

As I get ready for my 35th hunting season, I think about how much the outdoors has taught me and how it structured who I have become in life. Mother Nature has been a great life coach. Where else could I learn the value of life, disappointment, failure, patience, determination, and success?

My mother reminds me that I was the same way my boys are right now, more interested in other things than being around their parents. Mom always knows best, don’t they! I think back to my teenage years and remember that I didn’t talk a whole lot to my parents about stuff.

This fall, I will let Mother Nature continue to show me the lessons of patience. I will look to build that emotion into my life more as I wait patiently for my boys to continue on their path in life, knowing that someday in their late teens or early twenties, they will come back around.

In closing, I hope you find a way to get into the outdoors, create your adventure and memories, but most importantly, find a way to “Celebrate the Experience.” Go check out for more content and share your “Celebrate the Experience” moment with us!

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Scott Hopperdietzel
Author: Scott Hopperdietzel

Scott Hopperdietzel is the creator of an outdoor blog named Thankful Outdoors. He shares his passion for the outdoors with readers. The focus of the blog is to “Celebrate the Experience” in his stories; you feel what the connection to the outdoors means to him. His goal is to inspire others to get into the outdoors and create their own experience. Along with writing, he is a father to three boys who are often part of the adventures along with the family Weimaraner, Boone. You can find his writings on the website or follow his social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.