Well, here we are into a new year with no idea what will lay down the road before us. It used to be back in the good old days those of us that live up here in the U.P. did not see much change from year to year except the date on the calendar. We live in our own little world which was as close to a perfect world as a youth growing up in the backwoods could hope for.
Back in those good old days those of us living up in a place like Ontonagon in the U.P. were so out of touch with the rest of the world we really never knew or cared about what they were doing. It was hard enough to get a major league baseball game on the radio or even an NFL game out of Green Bay to listen to.
Back then your mom, dad, grandparents, siblings, and those down the road you played with made up your whole world. Life was such that you were allowed to run around your neighborhood and play just so you remembered to be home at supper time. You never even heard of anyone ever being abducted so it was the farthest thing from your mind.
You lived in your world and the rest of the world lived in theirs.
But all that has changed now with TV, internet, cell phones, and everything else that is out there. Something can happen anywhere in the world and you can find out about it in a matter of minutes. With this happening, things that years ago would never affect someone in the U.P. are now at their doorstep instantly.
A real good example of this is the fact that California passed a law at the end of the year outlawing the use of dogs for some types of hunting. If you think when one state in this country passes something like this others will not want to jump on the bandwagon you are mistaken. It will just be a matter of time.
Even in our state the influence that hunters, fishermen, and those that like to use the great outdoors for their vacation is getting to be less and less.
When you add to this the fact that this same group never seems to be able to organize into a solid group to work together to influence those in the “big house” and Washington one has to wonder what lays down the road for the U.P.
I guess it would have to be in the world of dreams to think that those in Lansing and Washington would do what is right for the average person. When you add to this the fact that we are now into a world where a good percentage of judges in this country never hunted or fished in their life we have to ask how they would rule in favor of what is right for hunters and fish-ermen and the normal outdoor lover.
Needless to say from my point of view things are not going in the right direction. As I have said over and over at places where I spoke, “I feel I have lived in the tail end of the best times” and am so thankful for it.
We were born with nothing to speak of, grew up with nothing to speak of, and chances are when we pass on to that perfect deer blind in the sky we will leave nothing to speak of in the eyes of the world.
How many times we were told back in the good old days, “As long as we have food to eat, a roof over our head, family and friends and our health, what else could we ask for.” I have to ask what else is there really to want in 2013 than these four things to have a perfectly contented life.
So as Wifee and I leave the fast pace of Florida and our daughter’s to return home to the U.P. and it’s slow moving way of life, there is no doubt we are moving closer to the “Promised land”.
So as you move into the New Year be thankful for what you have and remember you are not really in control of the future so enjoy every day like it just may be your last. None of us can live but one day at a time, so give your spouse and kids a hug and tell them you love them each day and in doing this you will start out 2013 on the right foot.
Happy New Year!!