Land Ho! 2021.10.08
As we broke through the surface of the sea, I felt so relieved. Like the pressure of the water that I had been submerged in, so had the worries about the equipment and excursion weighed heavily on my shoulders, pushing me down mentally. I had made it. I felt free and pleased at my accomplishment. I had had my reservations about going down and trying scuba diving but I had dealt with all the challenges that had been meted out by the Gods of the oceans and I could go on to say that I had tried it and knew about it and could talk about it and maybe try it again because there would be no new surprises. The ambivalent experience had taught me a lot. My friend once sent me a great quote. It goes, “I never lose. I either win or I learn.” In that situation, I had done both. Struggled but come out with tons of do’s and do not’s. It was actually more memorable because it had been so demanding. The experience still was not over. We had to challenge ourselves again in reverse. This time slipping off the webbed fins on our feet and bobbing back to the drop off ledge that we had began our journey from. That weight, I can still feel it at times, tossed us about again like loose tissues in the wind. So many divers had surfaced at the same time so the waves were sloshing about with all the energy released by us adventurers. In water, the weight of the tank is negligible. Trying to haul yourself out of the ocean with that stuff on your back is another story altogether. It was insane! There is no step. There is a small ledge that you have to battle with the waves to slip onto. Once you get some purchase there then you can crouch about and try to stand up and get onto the main staircase. My legs were like jelly. The exertion I had expended trying to stay horizontal underwater showed. Beneath the weight of the gear and on wobbly legs that felt like a calf one week out of its mother’s womb, I almost buckled and fell to my knees. I was ever so glad when my friends suggested that we stop for photos. They were so excited and adrenaline was clearly pumping from all the wonder and beauty they had had the chance to witness.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.