The crew took us to Whitehaven Beach. Although I’m not fond of beaches, Whitehaven was worth a visit. The sand is so soft. The landscape is quite beautiful as well.
I know that my fear of water is something that I need to overcome.
Once our crew-led tour of the beach was complete, the passengers were given some time to hang out on the beach. A few of the women went off in pairs to the water. The men, including myself, took a ball provided by the crew and played soccer on the beach. It was fun playing with them and joking around. Erik kicked the ball so hard at me that it hit me square in my chest and knocked me flat on my back. In less than one full day we all went from being strangers to becoming good, and oddly familiar, friends.
After our beach excursion, everyone returned to Broomstick. We hung out on the deck as we sailed to our next destination. After a couple of hours of sailing we arrived to Luncheon Bay for a snorkeling excursion. Before boarding Broomstick’s tow raft to be shuttled to the reef, the captain came to speak to me. I assured him that I would be fine. I felt completely relaxed about getting into the water. I know that my fear of water is something that I need to overcome.
During our chat, the captain told me that everything in life is about risks. He added that I would miss out on many things in my life if I am unwilling to take risks. He is right. I will reflect on his advice long after this sailing adventure.
Once at the reef, I got into the water without hesitation. The water wasn’t so terrifying. I had to remind myself to stay relaxed and keep my balance.
I saw little of the reef while in the water because I was more focused on making myself comfortable in the water. But, the experience wasn’t about what I didn’t do or see. It’s the fact that I tried. I did see some beautiful tropical fish though.
I will try snorkeling again someday. When I do, I am certain that I’ll see lots of great things.
When I returned to Broomstick, the captain told me that I achieved a milestone. He added that my life would change because I made the effort to overcome my fear.
I believe him.