Five-Minute Friday – Dive
Linking in again to Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Fridays. With the word “dive” I take 5 minutes to write – no editing. GO
When my kids were small I decided to take swimming lessons. I knew how to swim but wanted to improve my strokes and learn to dive. One lesson we were asked to climb the HIGH – and I mean high – diving board. At that time in my life I had a real fear of heights so just climbing that ladder was an act of will. All the way up the ladder I kept saying to myself, “You’re crazy, you’re crazy”. But I reached the top and then crept, ever so slowly to the edge of the platform. I looked down…
That was a long way down. We had all decided that this was only going to be a jump from the high platform, not a dive. I stood there. Really all I wanted to do was retrace my steps back down the ladder. Only problem – there were people behind me. So I jumped!
down. I went – into the water, and then back up again. Whew! I did it. Would I do it again? NEVER – EVER. Exhilarating as the fall felt, the landing in the water was painful.
What did I learn?
1. I can do things that don’t seem possible.
2. I should always try something at least once.
3. The fear of doing something is worse than the actual experience.
Question: When have you “dove” into something – it doesn’t have to be water. How did it feel? Would you do it again?