My one and only frustration as a traveler is that I don’t have the heart to give diving a try. I understand the underworld is an outrageously amazing destination so I always find myself green with envy when I hear some of my friends who dive scream with glee just how beautiful it is under the sea.
I suffer from angina and hypertension which hinder me from trying it. My heart problem scares me to take scuba diving lessons. I haven’t been braved enough to take one even when some of my friends convince me it’s not risky. Even when Filipina underwater videographer Karina Escudero offered to take me under her wings for some free diving lessons, I begged off.
Last March I would have gone on my first recreational dive when we went around Palawan but I got cold feet so I just opted to snorkel. Over summer, my sister’s friend who works as a dive master in one of the resorts in Dubai went home and I signified my interest to attend one of his free diving lessons, I didn’t show up because my heart wasn’t really in it. I just cannot risk my health.
But all of these is history now. This morning, I conquered my fear, summoned all the courage that I could, and had my first dive! I was screaming like one crazy lotto winner when we surfaced from the water! I did it! We were underwater for 30 minutes at 22 meters!
I have never felt so triumphant for a long while until today. Well, last Saturday at the Arena when the UP Pep Squad won their eight title, I was overjoyed as well but this one is an entirely different thing. 😀
My dive went very smoothly and all of my worries instantly disappeared when fishes of different colors and sizes started to appear in front of me. I didn’t have a problem breathing, the thing that I fear most about, and I also didn’t have trouble equalizing. My drying throat was just uncomfortable at first but I was able to address it, I had my ok-sign flashed all the time. 🙂
I had to thank my dive master, Kuya Nooky, who has been very patient with me and highly gracious with his encouraging words. He’s one excellent diver who understands his student’s fears and makes sure these do not get in the way. I really didn’t realize we actually got to the deeper part of the water because our descend was just very slow.
Of course, this trip and all that I have been doing here, is really a big blessing from Him. Today, my faith in Him grew stronger. I feel like hearing Him say, “I was preparing you for it, now is your time,” whenever I think of one reason why I am here today. Thank You, because this life has no shortage of love, friendship, and surprises. 🙂
Love and light, everyone. Go, juanderlust! 😀
- Photograph taken with a Canon 550d today.