I went snorkeling in Cozumel, Mexico with my love, OJ and the trip was filled with emotions and adrenaline that I’ll never forget. I ALMOST hesitated and turned around to bask in the sun, but thanks to OJ, I took the plunge and conquered my fears!
Part 1: You said how many feet?
After climbing into a random limo with complete strangers, we made it to the retreat and followed the guide to an area where we would receive our gear, attend a short safety briefing and finally get our opportunity to explore the ocean. As we’re walking to the destination, OJ decides to ask how deep the water is and our guide cheerfully answered, “only about 30 feet.”
Now, I’d consider myself a pretty decent swimmer but 30 ENTIRE feet of water? That sounded like shark territory to me. OJ and I looked at each other in complete fear and I said to him, “If you want to go back, we totally can.” And OJ’s answer to me was, “naw. We are already here!” I wanted to go back so badly, but we pressed on.
Part 2: The “safety” briefing
We arrived in the area where we got our gear: life jacket, snorkel goggles and flippers. The guide hands us our goggles first and the first thing we noticed is how foggy they were. OJ likes to joke a lot and he claimed to me that all they did was spit shine them before they issued them to us (I choose not to believe him).
When the guide gave us our life jackets, I couldn’t help but notice that they looked like airplane life jackets that we had to blow up on our own and strap around our waists and in between our legs. I looked up at OJ, hoping that he chooses for us to go back. He looked at me as if he knew what I was hoping for and says, “We’re already here.” Finally, we got our snorkels and hobbled over to the dock where we would begin our decent into the sea.
Part 3: The Adventure
We jumped in! The water was freezing, but we had an amazing time. OJ didn’t want to stay in too long because lets face it- he’s no Michael Phelps. Even though he wasn’t as thrilled as I was, he stuck around for me and even posed for a few pictures because he saw how much I enjoyed it.
I write all of this to say: you don’t always have to be brave. Surround yourself with people who will push boundaries with you. Don’t allow yourself, or those you love to live with fear and apprehension- you’re only given this one life, so live it and don’t miss out on great opportunities.
Candice Ann XOXO