Life At Best · Travel

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone – Learning to Scuba Dive

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Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones.

Too often I find myself saying that I will not do something because I am too scared or not fond of change. For instance, my husband just got his scuba license and is dying for me to get mine.

“It’s so much fun and such a thrill. You would love it,” he says.

“No, I’m not doing it. I don’t want my lungs to explode,” I reply back.

“They won’t explode.” *Insert angry face*

I’m not doing it!”

End of conversation.

The truth is, I’m too scared to scuba dive. I’m afraid of panicking underwater and all the things that come along with it. Would it be fascinating to do? Yes, I’m sure it would be. Except for the part where there are thousands of feet of dark, ominous water looming below you with God only knows what creatures that could swallow you whole like you were krill to a blue whale. Yes, fascinating.

Some 72% of the Earth is covered by water. That means there is only 28% of the Earth we are actually able to explore on our own without special training. There is literally a whole other world below the water’s surface and what better way to start exploring it than by scuba diving?

Stepping out of our comfort zones is possibly one of the hardest things for humans to do, especially when a small error could be the difference between life and death. When putting it into perspective, we do things in our everyday lives that are risky: driving a car to work, flying on airplanes, J-Walking… Have I made my point? Why are these risks that we take in our everyday lives second nature to us, but when trying something new we are seemingly scared for our lives? I wish I knew the answer.

My point in all of this is that it is okay to be scared and not want to try new things. Whether it be scuba diving, driving in New York City (never doing that again), or traveling to a country where English isn’t the primary language, sometimes we must step out of our comfort zones in order to fully experience some things in life.

Perhaps I will face my fears and get scuba certified. It could be a year from now or 15 years down the road, but one day I will step out of my comfort zone and begin exploring the world below sea level.

What fears do you have when it comes to traveling or trying something new?

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