I think I may have created a new birthday tradition for myself. Remember last week when I mentioned that I take a day of self-care every year for my special day? Well I did that, I got a delicious massage at Partners in Healing from Isabelle. She has magical hands and does house calls! The rest of my day was spent eating ripe fruit and reading all day… Pure perfection. The new tradition came about over the weekend when I took my very first scuba diving excursion.
I won the class at a raffle from the Save the Strays charity event we attended a few months back. I decided to schedule it for my birthday weekend since it was something I had never done before. What better way to start off a new age than with a brand new experience? And what an experience it was.
Bright and early Sunday morning, me and my friend Betsy, drove up to Blue Heron Bridge in Palm Beach to meet the dive instructor, Gina. We were the only ones taking the class so we got the VIP treatment from beginning to end. I had no idea that Blue Heron Bridge is one of the most desired dive locations in the world. And there’s an island that you can swim out to that houses the JFK bunker from during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Pretty neat.
After going through the required instructions we hopped in the water to run through some drills. As soon as I put my goggles on I felt a sense of panic. I could no longer breath out of my nose and as a yoga instructor that is constantly teaching how to breath only through your nose, I was instantly taken out of my comfort zone. But I kept calm and trusted her instruction. Turns out that once we got under water, I got the hang of the breathing.
There is nothing like being under water and surrounded by marine life. The colors and energy seems so concentrated and vibrant. There is an entire world down there that we know nothing about. I saw a stingray, a huge star fish, some jellyfish, rainbow fish, crabs and more. All the anxiety I felt above water dissipated the further we went down. I never once felt like I wanted to go back to the surface. On the contrary, once I realized that we were going back I wanted to stay a little longer.
Scuba diving was definitely on my bucket list and I hope to become certified one day. This new tradition of trying something for the first time on my birthday will definitely be a priority. I heard a quote the other day from Julie Pliatt that said ‘if I'm not completely unrecognizable every 7 years when you see me then I'm not living.’ It resonated with me because that is how I now live my life.
We are here to experience as much as we can in the limited time we have on this earth. On your next birthday, not only set aside a day of self-care but plan an event around something that is new and maybe a little scary thing for you to do. Become unrecognizable.