In which I epically fail…and that’s okay.

So, Hubs and I are in the Seychelles.  We are here to celebrate his birthday (today!) and had every intention of becoming open water PADI certified (together).  I passed the physical test (swimming out 100m, treading water for 10 minutes and then swimming back) and spent a morning reading all about scuba safety on the beach, but yesterday for our pool session, I failed.  The only thing I managed to do right was breathe from the regulator.  I couldn’t put the equipment together correctly.  I didn’t get in the pool correctly.  My weight belt was wrong.  I couldn’t flush water from my mask.  For every moment I was underwater, I couldn’t wait to get back to the surface.  Somehow, I managed to get through (and tried to limit launching myself to the surface on a limited number of occasions).  I don’t blame (at all) the instructor who was nothing but patient and professional.

Me, trying to keep a straight face during class.

After we were all packed up, guys, I did something I haven’t done in a very long time.  I straight up cried.

I cried because I was frustrated – at myself, at how disappointed I was.

To add insult to injury, my ears are hella clogged and painful.

Anyway, I’m listening to my body.  For the time being, I’m not meant to be a scuba diver.  It sucks, but it’s the truth.  I’m not meant to be awesome at everything.  And humans weren’t meant to breathe underwater.

Fortunately, the view makes up for my suckiness.

Have you tried and failed spectacularly?

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