Welcome to “How I Stay Sane,” a weekly column where real dads talk about the things they do for themselves that help them keep grounded in all the other areas of their life — especially the parenting part. It’s easy to feel strung-out as a parent, but the dads we feature all recognize that, unless they regularly take care of themselves, the parenting part of their life will get a lot harder. The benefits of having that one “thing” are enormous. For Eli Rosenberg, 35, Minnesota, starting to work for a tackle and lure company accidentally plunged him into his new hobby. Work is life and life is work. As long as it helps him stay calm, I guess.
I started working at a fish and tackle company about three years ago. It was while my wife was pregnant, right before we had our kid. I really had maybe only fished half a dozen times for stuff like bachelor parties or the occasional family outing. When I started working at the company, obviously, everyone was really excited about fishing, and I started to really get into it.
I lived in Chicago at the time, so it was It was slow-going at first. Not a ton of spots there, especially if you’re new. Still, I tried it out a few times before we had the baby. I didn’t catch anything, but it was relaxing and fun to be out there.
In the years after, however, I learned a lot more. I have a lot of equipment, gear, and fishing tackle, and I actually moved to Minnesota where there are a lot more lakes. I mean, it’s the land of 10,000 lakes. Now, I’m a five-minute bike ride to 3 or 4 lakes.