What I wish my friends knew about diving
So here's the truth about me.....I'm a talker. I know. Shocking. Of course if you're a friend of mine and reading this you probably already know that. I thrive on making new connections with people, "test driving" new relationships and investing in my current relationships. I love meeting new people, finding out what they do and what their life is like. I love to hear great stories about travel and adventure or something their kids have done and I love to share my own stories (even though they might be a little boring to some). That being said, I also REALLY enjoy solitude as well. I love to put my energy out there during the day, give it my all and at the end of the day tune out to nothing and turn inward. Zone out with a glass of wine (or two) turn on The Big Bang Theory and relish the lack of environmental input. But that's just me I guess.
So where am I going with this you ask? Flashback to 3 years ago. I was a stay at home mom to a little one and my whole day was devoted to activities for her, feeding, napping, bathing and bedtime. I was extremely blessed to be able to stay home with her and I relish every second of it. Even the times it made me nuts. My connections were with my husband and family, a few friends and people I met at kids groups. They were.....limited. I was starting to miss the outside world. In fact, I may have actually been going a little nuts. Now before you start with the judgement, I adore my daughter and i'm eternally grateful for the time I have at home with her. I'm just one of those people that wants to be connected to something in addition to my home life. That's just me. Everyone is different. No judgement.
So when i started dive instructing, I opened up an entirely new world of people and connections. Some people had kids, some didn't. Some had grown kids, very few had little kids. All different walks of life. I met nurses, teachers, retired people, financial people, kids, adults, students....the list goes on and on. And the best part is that we had diving in common. In the dive community, it doesn't matter if you're rich or poor. Old or young. Male or female. All that matters is that you all want to get in the water and see what's down there. I have made some truly amazing new relationships and friendships. This is a community of people that are SO supportive of each other. People I've met through diving, help me with my daughter. I now have more babysitters! Hooray!! When one person is down, the others step up to help. When a problem arises, 30 people show up to fix. In fact, I literally just witnessed an entire dive shop be packed up, moved and unpacked in a matter of 3 hours. It was incredible to say the least. I have made a friend that led to a new business venture, gained a ridiculous amount of insight into boating and diving and found people to help brainstorm through some great ideas. I've heard amazing stories and learned more about humanity. I've met all kinds of personalities. And no I don't maintain friendships with everyone I've come into contact with but, I have with many.
So what I really wish ALL of my friends knew, was that diving is SO much more than just jumping in the water. It's a community of people that simply want to hang out, swap stories, support each other, learn more and overall just have a good time. And in such a crazy, polarized world, that's something that we all really need.