I was reading an article last night on how the over 60 age set is partaking of an experience I absolutely loved when I was doing it. It created so many different emotions from pure delight to fright. I suppose I have waited long enough to tell you what I’m talking about, scuba diving.
I am an Oklahoma farm girl who got my first taste of a big city when I went to Honolulu to work at Kapiolani Woman’s and Children hospital in Honolulu. I absolutely hated it for the first two months I was there, but then developed a love for the state and my life there. I stayed a full year and didn’t want to leave then.
After I settled into my routine life,I decided I wanted to something different. I became a PADI certified diver. What an experience that was for me. I took private lessons just so I would feel more secure in what I was doing. It was hard for me to let go of my trainers hand and actually go on my own. As with everything else, I just needed the self-confidence that I could do it.
I loved the beauty of the undersea world. The beautiful colored fish and even those nasty eels with the big teeth. Of course I had seen the movie Jaws, so that was always in the back of my mind. When I looked down and couldn’t see anything but empty space, I would think about some creature coming up and getting me. I quickly pushed that from my mind and went on exploring the sites.
I do have to tell you I bit my mouth piece in half once because I was frightened. I was swimming along close to the bottom observing everything. My mind was concentrating on some star fish when all of a sudden, two white tip sharks came out of the sand and straight up in front of my face. That startle reflex did me in. I had to leave the water.
If you have the opportunity, learn how to scuba. It will open up a new world to you. The beauty and tranquility around you can’t be described in words. Since I read that article that the over 60 crowd is doing their diving thing, I may have to grab my wet suit, flippers and mask and head back to the open water.
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