I Did It


I had ended my last blog post on Fear with Nike’s slogan ” Just do it”. And last week I got the chance to put my own advice into action. I needed to get out of my comfort zone to conquer this one fear…so I just did it! 

For most of my life, I have not been an outdoor person, preferring an armchair and a book any day. My sister, on the other hand, was very sporty and sometimes I envied her daring, adventurous spirit which saw her through many adrenalin-rush activities like paragliding and skydiving which I was never brave enough to try. Strangely though, in recent years, nature seems to beckon me and there has been a yearning to have a go at one water sport in particular…snorkelling.

Unfortunately, my first attempt at it had proved disastrous and that had raised the fear factor, partly of the activity itself but also of failing again.

Yet I was determined to try again and I got my second chance last week.This time I was wiser and went in better prepared.

The first thing I did was some research into the gear required…a full face mask or the traditional goggles and tube. Being claustrophobic, both didn’t seem ideal to me but according to some videos I saw, the latter won on most counts. So one decision made at least.

Next, I continued to watch more videos on how to snorkel, tips for beginners. This assuaged my fear of not being able to breathe, of water getting into my goggles as well as my mouth….all of which had a happened in my last attempt.

Moving from theory to practice, this time I actually invested in a short lesson even though it all sounded pretty simple. I wanted desperately to get it right and the step- by- step instructions really made it easier.

After that, I pushed to the back of my mind, any thoughts of being stung by a jellyfish, or coming across a shark, of not being able to jump off the boat or climb again as I had joint issues, of losing sight of others and being abandoned…I simply jumped, took a breath, put my head in and went with the flow.


31 thoughts on “I Did It

  1. Wow what an amazing story , you have inspired me to over come my fear and I hope I can be as brave as you. I look forward to your next blog.


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  2. Happy you went out of your comfort zone and faced your fear! The rewards of seeing the beauty underwater is priceless. I don’t even know how to swim, but was able to enjoy snorkelling when using fins which helped me to stay afloat. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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  3. Bravo, you have given us a good example – do one’s part (ie the preparations) and then give it a go! the powers above will help those who help themselves!!

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  4. It takes a lot tp break out of the safe space you build for yourself. Kudos to you and taking the first step into a new adventurous chapter! Cant wait to read more!

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    1. Thank you so much. I think what I learnt more than anything is that things become less scary when you take the time to learn and prepare. What we imagine is much scarier than the truth.

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m happy to share this story since it serves as a reminder of the importance of trying more in life. I have a hard time with it too but this taught me that even when I’m scared I would rather take the opportunity and try something new.


  5. Good for you for accomplishing what you set out to do.

    You literally just went for it by being prepared, and when discouragement tried to persuade you about possible dangers you just took that chance to dived into it.

    Praise to you!

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