Why Scuba Diving
As announced in my last post (way too long ago), I've spontaneously decided to spend some time on Ko Phi Phi Island Thailand getting my Divemaster Scuba Certification with Island Divers, one of the numerous dive centers on Ko Phi Phi Island. It's been nothing but a blast so far and I'm having an absolutely amazing time! But I thought I would take this post to answer the question I've been getting a lot: why scuba diving?
When I started out on my trip around the world one of my main goals was not just to see the world, but to really live in the world through spontaneous grabbing of unexpected opportunity. This new endeavor is exactly that: an unexpected opportunity that came about too easily and offered too many positive things I was--and wasn't--looking for for me to say no to. Sometimes the universe has subtle (or not so subtle) ways of telling you to do something. This was one of those times and so far I haven't regretted my decision for a second.
Of course the spontaneity of the decision isn't the only reason why I've decided to remain on the island. The other day, one of the instructors at the dive shop said something that I've been thinking about frequently the past couple weeks: "divers are the ones saving the oceans," were his almost exact words.
Over the past fives years I've developed an intense passion for ocean conservation, but admittedly lacked ways in which I felt I could really contribute to the greater cause. Becoming a Divemaster finally feels as though it is something that can noticeably and actively help me continue advancing and pursuing my ocean conservation efforts through physical presence in the ocean and, more importantly, by helping to spread awareness and passion for the ocean to those who come to the island eager to see the underwater world.
As eager as I was to leave so many things about my "Los Angeles life" behind, some of the discoveries I have made surrounding my passion and what I believe to be my calling in life tie pretty seamlessly back into some of the creative endeavors I was pursuing in Los Angeles. Film making, especially of the documentary variety, is something I passionately want to be a part of. That passion, combined with my newfound interest in underwater photography and videography and increasing ocean activist mindset have lead me to brainstorm some pretty cool and exciting projects for the future. And, the intent to create these projects have given me tons of new skills to learn and practice.
There is also a more esoteric aspect of the decision and that's the meditative nature of scuba diving--the ability to literally exist as nothing more than an observer in a world that is so close to yet also seemingly so far removed from our own--is something that never becomes dull or tiresome. It's fascinating and inspiring and offers a lot for a growing mind to ponder.
Besides that, scuba diving is a lot of f**king fun. And sometimes that's the only reason necessary to keep doing anything. After all, life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured.