I walked slowly beyond the shore and began to go underneath the surface to discover what awaited me.
As I began, I became fascinated by the colors and movement of the creatures that swam in unison. I couldn’t believe I was snorkeling!
As I snorkeled, I stretched out my foot to stand, but the problem was, I couldn’t feel the sand.
Yes, I wanted to overcome the waters, but I didn’t know that I’ve drifted far from the shore. I didn’t know how to swim (don’t laugh)–well, at least in places where my feet can’t reach the ground.
So there I was…struggling for dear life. My arms were flapping against the water, reaching for something to grasp.
I was gasping for air.
You would expect someone to come to the rescue, right? Surprisingly, I heard laughter instead. One of my friends was on the shore…laughing.
I was gasping for air and my friend was laughing?!
She was laughing because it was funny. Strangely, it was comforting because as she laughed, she said, “You’re wearing a life jacket! Nothing can beat the force of buoyancy!”
The force of buoyancy! Of course!
Instead of coming to my rescue, she just laughed because she knew that I couldn’t drown, even if I tried.
I began to laugh along and flap back to shore. Laughter gave me so much relief, thanks to her.
With a bit of self-assurance and deep breaths, I soon learned to trust my life jacket. And boy, it was definitely easier to enjoy the sea!
So on new year’s day of 2010, I was free–laughing and floating.
Something insightful hit me that day. I saw how this whole experience could liberate every area of my life.
Because of the life jacket, I didn’t have to swim…I didn’t even have to try… I simply had to let go…