Stepping into a wetsuit and scuba diving will open your eyes to a way of looking at things a little differently. Any sport or hobby can change a person and scuba diving is no different. In fact, diving can make you appreciate some valuable lessons about everyday life.
Nature is appreciated more
Not everyone is going to be a nature lover or think about how they can protect our fragile ecosystem from harm. When scuba diving, you will be swimming with some pretty massive marine life and seeing colorful living corals growing on the bottom of the ocean. This really opens up your eyes and makes you want to be a part of protecting the ocean.
When you emerge from the water, you may not immediately become an activist, but you will look at the beauty of nature differently. You will even start to appreciate the world around you more.
Difficult situations do not require action
When you dive into the ocean, you may experience sensory overload and the slightest thing could make you panic, such as:
- Mask starts filling with water
- Air tank starts running low
- Divemaster cannot be seen
- Strong currents
- Whales or sharks
These are situations that would cause you to panic and start behaving irrationally. There are many things in life that would cause you to do the same thing. So, first, take a pause, regroup, and calm down. Then, think about how to solve the situation.
Relax and just breathe
Being underwater can stress anyone, right? When you are all suited up, the only air you can inhale is what comes from the tank on your back. If you panic or even overexert yourself, the breathing is going to pick up the pace and that will drain the tank quicker. Your breathing needs to stay consistent at all times and kept at a normal rate. Diving is much like meditation because they both require you to focus on breathing and how to calm yourself down.
When in a crisis, have a buddy help out
Have you ever noticed that divers usually go in pairs? The reason for this is so if one finds themselves in a difficult situation, then they have someone to help them. This can be applied to life outside of the water as well. If you do things with other people, they will be there when you need them most and will help you push on and get over obstacles that are in the way.
As the world becomes more about social media, it’s easy to find yourself as a loner in real life. This is a good reason to get out and make friends and be able to find someone you truly trust. One day you will be in a situation that requires a helping hand. Your friends can give you the help you need.
Life requires fun!
You can learn many things from scuba diving, including how to have fun! Everyone needs to make time for enjoyable things in their life. Scuba diving can be educational and fun! It can even be dangerous, with all the different marine life. A little ironic that this also describes everyday life! Once you Scuba dive, you will crave it over and over because it is exciting and fun to swim around and explore the ocean, while hunting for treasure, exploring caves and shipwrecks, or gazing at the amazing marine life.
Life is hard and can be a struggle, but rather than stress about things that are not in your control, relax, and learn to have fun. Enjoy each moment and let the stress go. Let’s be honest, if you hated your job you would dread going there every day. A job may not be somewhere to let loose, but little things can be done to make it more fun.
Life is just like the ocean, it goes on forever and can cause havoc. Once the ocean calms, it is inviting and everyone wants to enjoy it. Once you learn to let stress go, enjoy life, and become calm, everyone will want to be in your company, and life will become easier. You would not let the ocean swallow you up and you should not let life, either. So, grab your wetsuit and dive in to see what awaits.