“I had been plodding along in my life, and then this dive trip showed up one day through my local dive shop and I said, “Yes.” I knew this journey was going to feel like an electric current surging through a defibrillator to jump start my heart. Intuitively, I felt that without this trip’s electric current surging through my life, I would continue to die. Experiencing life in the world beyond my own day to day always seems to bring me back from what sometimes feels like a flatlining existence. It had been too long since my last “shock therapy” and I had been feeling more numb than alive.
I had been hibernating in my own isolated part of our world for too long. With this trip to Chuuk and Pohnpei Micronesia, I felt that I was going to have an opportunity to thaw out and live again. As soon as I had signed up, I immediately began to feel excited about traveling to a part of our world where I had never been. There is so much more to this life than what is in front of us from day to day. For me, I become energized by the people and experiences that cross my path throughout any journey upon which I embark. Wherever I go, I am always shown in some way how we are all the same and of the One Source of all that is. It is actually a very small and very connected world in which we live, and I do not mean because of the technology that connects us. We all have similar life experiences. Our personal stories are all very similar. These experiences are just set on different stages with different actors portraying very similar roles. As I fondly like to say, “We all pooh and our farts all stink.”
I have friends who had been diving in this part of the world before this trip of mine. When they had gone, this trip always felt too big (time and money) for me to commit to. When I said yes this time, I was not even exactly sure where I was going, I just knew that I needed to go. It was a year after I had lived through a cancer diagnosis and surgery. Facing and conquering something like cancer changes your perspective on what is too big to commit to. It took me all of two minutes to commit this time.”