I have noticed during my time fishing on the shore and taking the occasional 1.5 day trip on a charter, I have developed a strong passion for nature and developed traits like patience or persistence. The countless hours walking, kayaking or driving to a certain fishing spot has really allowed me to gain an appreciation of nature. There is not much to do while going out to a spot other than look around and value nature. One of my favorite spots locally is the kelp beds off the coast of Camp Pendleton. I could not ask for a better day than slinging calicos with the mountains in the distance. Not only have I had the blessings to be in beautiful areas, but I have been able to come in contact with cool species. These countless hours of trying to catch a fish have also allowed me to gain a better sense of being patient and persistent. I wanted to start this forum thread to see what you guys have gained from fishing and the whole lifestyle in general, other than a broken bank account.