OK... I know I need to upload something crafty... but I still haven't swallowed my reality pill. here is a little peek at what we were up to. Barracudas, turtles and tuna... OH MY! Chris snapped all these with on of those underwater cameras... they are a bit grainy but it's better than nothing!
now... just a little background... I don't swim... as a matter of fact... I would classify myself as "Freaked Out" about drowning. I kid you not... serious fear. it took everything in my to fight my fear and try to snorkel. the first time I tried it it was great for about 5 minutes... then my mask leaked at the same time as a wave coming over my air tube. I panicked but made it back to shore. That was enough for me as far as I was concerned. I sat on the beach completely disappointed in myself watching Chris snorkel. I really enjoyed it when it worked, i was so peaceful. after about a half hour Chris came and sat by me and saw how frustrated I was with myself... He was great. We decided to wait until the turtle excursion to try again because they made you wear float vests. That was fine with me... It meant I had a few days to try to gather my courage. (by now some of you might be saying... sheesh woman... it's just water. Well... lemme tell ya... I took lessons forever as a kid. three years alone trying to learn the crawl. I was finally told I had negative buoyancy and spent the last year of lessons learning survival skills.) When the day came I was a bit stressed... but Chris was right by my side. Let me just say... I love the float vest! I know it may be stupid... but I would rather be stupid and enjoy being able to snorkel then miss out on the amazing beauty. So... I tried and failed... then tried again. It felt good to overcome some of my fear. Don't I look Purty? LOL!
now... apply that same concept about trying to face your fears when it comes to trying a new technique...submitting a publication... tearing the edge of paper (I know there are some Tearaphobic peeps out there) or anything else in life. I promise you that once you start being able to overcome fear in one area of live it overflows to the others. I thought about that when I was trying to gather courage... "Hey Leese", I said...."you've lived trough over a thousand rejections from editors and neck surgury... YOU CAN DO THIS!" plus I now had a floaty vest!