This is gonna sound bad..... but it makes me feel like a God. I'm the reason there in there, I'm the one who makes there world look the way it does, I'm the reason they have food and so on....
I have had fish for most of my life. The last build was our first reef tank. We enjoyed the heck out of it but it was only 55 gallons and eventually got bored and the upgrade was more than we could handle at the time. We gave up the hobby for a while. Just 6 months ago I had a life changing event- a stroke at only 50 years old. Eliminating stress has been my life's goal since. I remembered how much I had always lived my fish and the relaxation and tranquility it served for me. Now we have a 75 gal freshwater build and I just want to say- it was the best investment I could have made for my healing. Thoroughly enjoying every moment. I spend a lot of time in our bedroom, office is here and it's my husband and my hangout so our tank of course is right here with us to enjoy. The healing properties are beyond what anyone could imagine. Below is a pic our our tank of beauties.
I have a few mental health issues - nothing too major, but enough to keep my brain a bit off the beaten path, so to speak. My fish help reduce my stress levels and give me a good thing to focus my mind on... plus, I'm getting on in years, and keeping one's brain busy is a good way to fend off dementia - fishkeeping lore is full of science and there's always more to learn! If the busy brain thing doesn't work, I'll at least have fun on my way there... I love all critters, and it's fun to see happy, healthy fish - my oldest has been with me since 2004 (a Synodontis named Sid Vicious). I also like playing "mad scientist" when I'm doing the water parameter tests (though maybe that's part of my mental issues!)!!