Underwater Happy Place...

As I slog away reviewing another wretched contract, my mind begins to wander to a better place. First, I start to think about lunch and how it can’t come soon enough and then I’ve moved on to weekend events and then I think “ooh, I should probably see what my horoscope has to say” and then once I’m on the entertainment page, I’m obligated to check the daily comics and then current events – it’s quite a vicious cycle. Needless to say, I’m easily distracted when I’m bored, which has happened a lot lately.

Not that the legal department is an overly entertaining place on the best of days, but today I seriously feel like a poke in the eye with a stick would be more entertainment than what I’m currently experiencing.

My happy place is one of magic and mystery and just the thought of it brings me peace and a certain sense of calm. No, it’s not Dairy Queen. Let me rephrase that – at least it’s not DQ today. I haven’t had an opportunity to visit this place for a few months now and I’m starting to get anxious about what it will be like when I return.

Soon, my butt will be perched on the side of a rolling boat and I’ll be mentally preparing myself for the completelooking forward to itgoing to tolerate it exhilaration of back-rolling into open water, followed the rush of ice-cold water into my wetsuit and since it is Canada, the ever present numbing sensation of the ice cream headache to follow once the cold water has smacked me in the forehead. Yep, dive season in Canada is almost upon us and I can’t believe I’m looking forward to it.  Don’t get me wrong – cold water diving has a lot to offer - just not a lot that’s worth accepting – at least not in my opinion (joking…sort of).

If given the choice, I would choose a warm-water, crystal clear Caribbean dive over freezing cold, murky green, Great Lake dive any day. It’s just hard to get excited about stuffing myself like a breakfast sausage into a neoprene shell, strapping 20+ lbs of weight on my hips and rolling into the murky cold with a feeling that at any moment something is going to reach out of the murk and grab me by the ass.

At least with the Caribbean, I’m able to see further than 10 feet and might actually stand a chance of seeing what’s coming my way well before it’s dragging me down to a watery grave. Am I being dramatic? Perhaps. Call me silly, but once you’ve experienced heaven – it’s hard to go back to hell.

All that being said, when you love to dive, you just do it – regardless of how much fun it will or won’t be. The first few moments underwater are surreal. As you slowly descend into the depths of the abyss, you begin to take in your surroundings and soon you become aware that you have entered a completely different world and before you know it, you have left your cares behind. Ahhh…

 
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Comments

Raven said…
You are braver than I! I don't think I could even dive in the warmer waters of the Caribbean. I'm a chicken when it comes to being in the water with things that could bite my face off.
Brian Miller said…
i would love to learn to dive...
hmmmm....I need to find me a happy place...

I think I go back to EP, the desert, the smell of rain in the desert, the mountains....yeah that's my happy place :)

have a great weekend!
Jacqui said…
This sounds like the exact opposite of a happy place to me, my idea of total hell. Me & water do not have an enjoyable relationship. But you enjoy it, we all have our little foibles.
Sarah said…
I wish I could learn (and had the money) to go diving! I have been snorkeling and I love it and I love the water in general but I am not sure if I would ever get to do it since my husband is not into the water as much as me!
I totally get it....I think I might be able to do that back roll into Canadian waters if it was say...Vancouver... :-). For 30 ft vis I'll do our lake which is up to 75 at 60ft (and yes, to me that IS cool). BUT I would much rather do a giant stride into the Gulf or Caribbean!!

Needless to say...May they never invent a cell phone that rings at depth!!

Great post!
Chrissy said…
I can't swim but that last paragraph makes me very curious...
Jingle said…
it would be exciting to dive..
fabulous post!

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