Life without an ongoing challenge is the enemy. Of course in the middle of busyness, relaxation is often foremost in my mind. But as soon as I have it….. BORED!
A little over a year ago I made a list. What should I do next? I felt dull, dissatisfied. I longed to do something demanding.
Hmmmmmm….. I am big on lists…..
Bike across the continent, east to west.
Snowshoe to the North Pole.
Scuba dive a coral reef.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Walk the Great Wall.
I can’t find that inventory. I know there were a couple more ideas on it, but I don’t remember what they were. After ticking off pros and cons for each idea, I settled on one. It was actually the undertaking that posed the biggest risk for me. Is that why I chose it? That may have been part of the reason. It was also a venture in which I could contribute something, which held priority in making the choice.
In August, I began researching volunteer organizations. It had to be an international entity, I required it be reputable and endorsed by respected people and groups, and it needed to offer the type of volunteer work I was looking for. I settled on Global Vision International. I chose to join a group monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef: the Mexico Conservation Expedition.
It was a perfect fit for me. I could go for four weeks (or longer if I wanted) during the summer. The focus was coral reef preservation, which I feel is paramount for our future well-being. And it was a huge challenge, because….. I was afraid of deep water. How crazy is that?
Exploring that fear and subsequently overcoming it became the first step in the process. I asked my friend Elizabeth to hypnotize me so I could traverse my subconscious. A few little clues popped to the surface, which we talked about and I journaled and meditated over. I also went to work in the swimming pool. I joined a club with a beautiful large pool that uses an ozone filter system instead of chlorine, so my skin, hair and overall health were not jeopardized. I was going to be spending a lot of time in the water!
I began by standing on the ledge in the deep end (twelve feet) and putting my goggled eyes under the water, staring at the bottom for as long as I could. That started out to be for about ten or fifteen seconds before I had to look away, panic bubbles rising in my chest.
Breakthroughs came, however. I swam four or five times a week. I took six private swim lessons between September and January. I completed the on-line PADI diving certification course. I finished the pool, outdoor classes, and diving requirements, receiving my Open Water Certification in early June. I purchased all the necessary equipment. I have gone out on a few fun dives with my group from Underwater Connection. Next week I am taking the PADI underwater photography class with them.
In less than two weeks I leave for Mexico. I am a little anxious and very excited!
4 thoughts on “What Do You Do When You Are Bored?”
Wow, what an adventure! I’m impressed with your dedication to this endeavor, and look forward to seeing some of your photographs and hearing more about it.
Have a wonderful time!
Awesome. Good for you. Have fun!
Thank you ds!! Thanks for dropping in. I am a fair weather blogger here! Going to try to be more dedicated in the next few months. I miss my blog buddies!!
Well Becca, the trick is you tell someone what you are doing so you can’t chicken out! I am excited to take photos. New camera set to go!!