Independent Fisher

My parents got me into boating ten years ago now. As soon as I knew how to swim, I was out on the water learning the ropes and beginning my boating journey. For my entire childhood (I’m seventeen now), I really did love spending time with my parents on the water every weekend. But I’m growing up now and I want to start doing things with my friends on the weekend, on dry land and without my parents.

I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to tell them that I want to stop going fishing on the weekend. I love fishing, I really do. I just want to stop spending so much time analysing the bait boards on our boat and more time hanging out with my friends and meeting new people. 

I wonder if I could ask my parents to let me take the boat out on weekends without them. I have my boat license so I’m legally allowed to take the boat out for a spin whenever I want, the only issue is my parents want to be with me because they just love spending time on the water so much. They’re not worried about my safety or anything like that, I’ve proven time and time again that I’m capable of sailing a boat on the ocean. I think the only reason they’d say no is because they’re hurt that I don’t want them to come.

Growing up is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Things my parents and I used to do together now feel like something I should be doing on my own or with my friends. Spending time with my parents is still great and something that I love to do, but I do feel like it’s time to forge my own path. Like, I could very easily organise my own boat catch installation in the Melbourne area for our boat. I could run the boat essentially on my own without my parents ever intervening again. I have everything under control these days.