"Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone" by Minnu Says

I always thought that the easy normal life is the one I want. Until, two years ago, I completely changed. I didn’t want to settle for average anymore.

My first parasailing adventure – In Maldives

My first parasailing adventure wasn’t planned at all. In fact, it was a total surprise for me. It was my 21st birthday trip, in 2016 and I was spending the day at K. Maafushi. When I got to know that I’m going parasailing I was like, OMG, I’m going parasailing! Thanks to Rafhan, my partner who never fails to amaze me and who always stand by my side to push me do things out of my comfort zone. Also, he’s the person who planned this surprise trip for me.

I had never parasailed in my life and the mere thought of it freaked me out. I got butterflies in my stomach picturing myself in the sky, looking down. Did I mention that I’m afraid of the heights? Oh yes, I am! Even the chute seemed much higher than any parasail I’ve seen from the grounds before. However, all that fear and nervousness only made me more determined. Being way out of my comfort zone, hanging from a chute in the sky was exactly what I needed at that time.

I remember feeling so alive at that very moment before I was up in the sky, all my senses working. I remember the hot sand burning the soles of my feet. I remember the sight of the blue ocean in front of me and the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. It was high noon time of the sunny day and the beach was alive with action.

My partner and I checked our gear for the last time. I heard the whistle and the crew was giving us a sign showing that we were good to go and the next thing I knew, my feet were off the ground and I was going high and then much higher. Woohoo! I loved the silence around me and enjoyed the whistling of the wind at the same time.

If you expect me to tell you how phenomenal and free I felt, I’m not going to disappoint you. Initially, I felt scared, obviously. I was gripping the straps so hard that I hurt my hand. But I finally started to relax and enjoy the moment insanely high up in the sky.

We took services from Active water sports of K. Maafushi. The conduct of the staff was truly professional, all briefings were done properly, and safety measures were adhered to.

I’m grateful for having the opportunity to do this and I’m so glad I did it.

My first Jet Ski ride – In Maldives

I always wanted to try jet skiing. Before I knew that this one experience would give me the most wonderful feeling in the world, I was giving myself these helpful pep talks like, “Come on, you can do this. This is just another new experience for you and it won’t hurt to try something new.” I was so desperate to try it but I’m not gonna lie, I kept seeing myself falling off the jet ski.

I was all ready to hit the waters wearing my life jacket. As soon as I sat on the back seat of the jet I remember holding onto my partner’s life jacket for life. We haven’t even gone out of the water yet and I was already freaking out! Goodness!

As we started going out of the water, he started to pick up the speed and drove around with the intense water splashing on our faces. From the little speed bump waves to the waves that were so big, water was everywhere.

At first, it was a little uncomfortable as there were few times I thought that I’m gonna get thrown off the jet ski into the water as the waves started getting bigger during sunset. Despite the fact that I was holding onto my partner’s life jacket so tight, I felt amazingly free as the wild saltwater blowing on my face.

The seas were a bit of rough on the day but it didn’t take away any of the enjoyment of the ride. It was one hell of an experience, which I’m looking forward to do again.

My first snorkeling experience – In Maldives   

I always knew it is beautiful under the sea, thanks to TV and social media. Now I got to witness how true it is with my own eyes. The ocean is another world, and I was privileged to glimpse a little bit of the underwater world on my short trip to K. Maafushi. Biyadhoo house reef is one of the best spots for snorkelers, especially for first timers like me.

I was given a life jacket for precaution given that I was a little nervous. My only worry was the snorkel. I was like, would I be able to learn how to breathe through my mouth with ease? Would I panic while on the water? More importantly, will there be sharks around? When I got into the water fully equipped with my mask on, it was like another world. I saw my partner and other snorkelers hanging out and within no time, I totally got over the fear and all I wanted was to absorb the breathtaking beauty. And I did!

I enjoyed watching all the different kinds of fishes and the colors and marine life. The fishes were just inches away from me yet not afraid. I know it was not right to disturb them but out of excitement, I even extended my hand to touch one of them. They kept swimming right by my face mask and I let out a noise or two every time they swam by. So let’s just say there has been a lot of snorkel-screams on my first time.

After experiencing snorkeling for the first time, surrounded by beautiful underwater creatures, and the colorful corals and the complete marine life, I was totally mesmerized.

My first dive experience – In Maldives

My first dive took place this year at Maagiri North dive spot.

It was an amazing day, knowing that I’m gonna experience my first dive. I can’t even explain my level of excitement I had. But yeah, to be honest, I was scared too.

It was a sunny morning, me and my partner along with his brother-in-law who is a certified diving instructor and a couple of other divers boarded the boat and reached the diving spot of the day.

I wore my scuba gear, all the necessary equipment and weights and I remember I almost fell on the boat with all those weights on me. My instructor gave me a briefing which included basic information like emergency protocol, how to communicate underwater etc. Once at the dive site, the instructors monitored the conditions and jumped off. It took me a little while to take my jump, as I was so nervous.

In minutes, I was almost on the sea floor. Current was super strong, that made the visibility under the water excellent. In fact, the visibility was so good that I did not feel there was any water between the fishes and me. At one point, hundreds of banner fish surrounded me and a few meters below, I noticed a big creature. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I realized what it was. A shark! It was a blacktip reef shark. I was so fascinated by the lovely creature but was so scared that I forgot to pose for a picture. Let’s hope I have a quicker reaction next time so I have a picture to show.

What fascinated me thoroughly was the sound of my own breath under the water. I felt my throat dry up and tried blowing air from your nose but it’s actually not possible. In the struggle of breathing from my mouth, I couldn’t help but swallow the salty sea water. My partner kept on communicating through hand gestures to make sure I was alright with the water pressure. For a newbie like me, who is impulsive, hyper and over-excited, I had to get used to the slow motions of the water. Everything moved at a snail’s pace under the water. I was in awe of the sheer magnificence of it all and just wanted time to stand still.

The highlights of the dive: I spotted a couple of stingrays, a shark, a Puffer Fish, a school of bannerfish and other unknown fishes plus some colorful corals and some dead ones, too.

If you are inspired by this post, leave a comment of what you would like try to step out of your comfort zone.

#Guest Post from https://minnusays.com/2018/12/26/stepping-out-of-my-comfort-zone/

Written by Minnu,

I’m Minnu and I’m from the Maldives. I’m currently a college student studying bachelors in business administration with a strong interest in writing and creativity and a love for literature and food. Also, I’m a shopaholic by confession!

Her blog: https://minnusays.com

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