2013 Carhartt College Series Bassmaster Classic Bracket
Grand River - Muskegon, MI, Sep 27 - 29, 2013

An open letter to College Series anglers

My young friends, in life there are only two givens…that life will begin, that life will end.

In between the givens lies the gift.

I know for a fact life is a gift, because if it wasn’t, we would live forever.

We don’t.

The day we are born, our days are numbered. Please, waste not a one.

Welcome to the stage of the Elites.

I guarantee you this; these are the days of your life you will remember forever.

If you embrace the now.

For a moment, step back from competition, and look around; it’s okay to giggle, it’s okay to say thanks as well.

Life is a rat race, only if you start running.

As one of the runners, please listen to me when I say, it’s okay to walk.

Hold tight these days.

Hold tight, every day.

Tomorrows are only wishes.

Now, is all we’ve got.

I wish for you, today never ends.

I wish for you, that the sun only rises.

I wish for you, a perfect life in an imperfect place.

Youth is a gift, unwrap it slowly my young friends.

Take the time these next few days and look around.

Because, much sooner than you think possible, these next few days will be long gone.

Because, much sooner than you think possible, you will be telling tales of today, to your grandchildren.

Because, much sooner than you think possible, there will come one last sunset,

and no more days,

believe, if you believe,

wonder, if you wonder,

but the secret to life, is found in the day you are standing in.

And those standing in it with you that you love.

And those standing in it that you help.

And doing in that day what you love to do, and taking the time to enjoy it, and your embrace of the now.

A secret I found late in life,

but found I did,

when I started dancing,

with those I love,

to the music played,

on my air guitar.

“…these are the days that will last forever

you've got to hold them in your heart.”

“These Are The Days”

Van Morrison