The dead fish on the wall fallacy is a misconception that the only experiences worth experiencing are those that last forever.
However, there is beauty in the catch and release. The fisherman that hooks the great big bass. Wrestles it for an hour. Pulls it from the water and into his boat. Admires it. Then, let’s it go.
The catch and release serves as a nice reminder that for an experience to be worthwhile it doesn’t necessarily have to last forever.
Maybe, we should stop mounting people and experiences on our walls and in our trophy cases. Maybe, we should stop telling ourselves that moment are only beautiful when they last forever.
Maybe, we should be okay with the catch & release.
By Cole Schafer.