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Dec 15

Underwater

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

I have a friend who wants me to go scuba diving. He’s been at me for years to do this, to take the leap, as it were.

I am one of those people who dislikes water, I don’t trust it… or rather I should say, it frightens me, much like electricity. It has immense power that is far greater than me. Even covering my face with the full force of a power shower unnerves me sometimes.

A lot of people disagree, in my experience, but a lot also relate. My daughter is an experimenter so I don’t want to pass on my phobia but at the same time she has had opportunities to scuba dive and something within her said NO. I hope that’s not my fault.

It’s an atavistic topic. Like snakes and spiders.

Give me a beach, with raging waves, and good company and I’ll happily dive in, and immerse my face under fantastic bubbles and glowing amoeba and I’ll stay under and swim until the stars above call me back to reality… because I know I’m in control.

… but give me breathing apparatus and a clingy wetsuit and it’s a lot of NOPE.

I believe that natural or para-natural things should be respected.

Maybe I’m just getting sensible. When you grow older, and get married, you stop yearning for bungee jumping, for exploring, for diving, for flying aeroplanes. Maybe I’m too grounded, for good reason. My good friend is trying to get me out of this but he too is a father. I’m not sure where the boundaries are, anymore.

What would you do?

 

Bring on the comments

  1. Brianf says:

    You seem to be uncomfortable with the whole idea. Go with your gut feelings. If it doesn’t feel right then don’t do it.
    The problem I would have is the temperature of the water. Ireland doesn’t really come up when talking about warm water diving.
    I think I would start with a bath. A nice warm one with a candle or two. That’s my idea of scuba diving.

  2. Granny says:

    I’m with Brian, It’s wet and gets in your eyes and ears. Unnatural experience,,,,,,

  3. Go for it! Push yourself. There are no boundaries except those we impose on ourselves.
    In the past ten years, I’ve jumped off a high cliff into a lake, I’ve power glided, parasailed, scuba dived and been a father to two children. All this while doing it blind. Life can seem ordinary and a bit boring. I do this kind of stuff to challenge my own boundaries. I hate heights and breathing under water feels totally unnatural but I’ve done it and come to actually enjoy it. You might try it and hate It but at least you will have given yourself the opportunity to come to that conclusion. They won’t throw you ten meters under on your first time out. You’ll probably be able to stand up if you become uncomfortable. Let me know how you get on.

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