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.
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.
Have you tried and failed spectacularly?