What diving taught me for the real life

The Deep Blue(s) of our Ocean

Still quarantined, not able to stop thinking of all the things you wish you could do instead of staying home? Me too… 

Times are challenging and we all have had to do a lot of adjusting and sustaining as we are going through deprivation, uncertainty and even fear. While we may miss diving to an extreme and wish we could feel again the chilled water against our wetsuits, we may always reminisce about all good things about diving to help us through this strange time. Keeping things optimistic, we are firm believers that focusing on what we can still do for ourselves will get us through the tunnel; at the end of the day, we can already see the light at the end of it, can we not?

In this spirit, I personally have now appreciated even more the many things that diving has taught me that can actually be implemented in everyday life; let’s review some diving 101 rules that might make our current routine more cheerful, balanced and easy! 

Respecting oneself and one’s limits:

In diving, we are always taught that we need to stay with the limits of our education, experience and comfort. That means, not to expect more from ourselves than what we are prepared for or accustomed to. It also reminds us that, apart from our typical qualifications, we may not always feel up for something, for different reasons. A diver, for example, trained to dive deep and well experienced in that field might still not feel like going deep on a given day due to general fatigue, lack of appropriate sleep or just simply a bad mood. In this case, the best thing they can do is stay shallower and not push themselves to deliver, despite of personal or peer pressure.
The same applies for our everyday life, especially during the Covid period; we may experience mood swings, highs and lows, and we may feel like even the simplest things are just too much on some days. And that is ok.

Teamwork:

The importance of a buddy and teammates in general during a dive cannot be stressed enough. Similarly, it is important to remember that even though we are going through an intense, stressful period, we are not alone in this. We are all experiencing the same incident together so reaching out to family and friends for comfort, help or company is essential. And who knows -maybe they are also looking for that as well and are hesitating to make the move!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

Taking care of ourselves goes a long way. Eating well, exercising to the point that it is possible yet allowing ourselves to enjoy little “cheat” delicacies to boost our mood. Balance is key and punishing ourselves to stay healthy is certainly not the answer! That being said, as DAN has pointed out, once we are ready to return to the water, having preserved a healthy lifestyle will help us enjoy our dives and make them safer. So maybe we should think twice before skipping our daily walk, run, bicycle ride or whatever it is that can keep active during this time.

Finally, to loosen up and go with the flow:

Like in drift diving, instead of trying to change, adapt, fight it or wait for the “perfect” conditions, we may as well accept them as they are and make the most out of them. Not trying to minimize at all, a pandemic is not exactly the same as a fun dive! But the little things that can still be enjoyed are now more important than ever as long as we don’t forget that as much as we let go, safety always comes first! Prepare adequately, stay careful and alert and enjoy all the many things that are still beautiful. 

Stay safe, stay positive and keep dive-dreaming!

Author: Κaterina Kakavitsa

 


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