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What are you PASSIONATE about?
AP - 12/03/2007 5:49 PM
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What are you PASSIONATE about?One of the things I`ve realized in life it that there`s more to people than what meets the eye. Recently during a big office meeting, the speaker - a firm member - didn`t know many in the audience, and asked everyone to introduce themselves and say a word about what they are "passionate" about. Although I knew most of the people in the room, I quickly realized I didn`t know much ABOUT them, and was surprised by many of the responses! As I am sure a few were surprised about mine!

For most of us here, the answer is obvious - DIVING. What`s not obvious are the reasons for doing it, or what about it makes us passionate about it.

For me, I started as a competitive swimmer at age 7, and was always in the water. My father`s pool complex hosted a scuba shop in the summers before openning, and I got to hang out with them. I was a strong enough swimmer to get certified at 13, but since my parents were teachers, we couldn`t afford the sport or trips to warm destinations. But I was fascinated by what was under the water. I was fascinated by the equipment, by the physics, by the incomprehensible biodiversity. I was lured by the physical sport of it, by the danger, by the freedom from gravity, by the 3D movement. And I was intrigued by the history, from ancient coral reefs millions of years old to wrecks, and how relatively few eyes have gazed upon all of it. Now that I`m older (and can afford it!), I can`t get enough!

My favorite line is that there are 6.5 billion people living on 1/3 of our planet, and only 20 million of us dare to venture into the rest! What makes you passionate about diving? And what else are you passionate about outside of diving?


Spanky70 - 12/18/2007 9:38 PM
Well You know me .. I started because of my Hubby.. The moment I was underwater it was like a whole world was open to me. I am passionate about a few things in life and diving is #2. I love the freedom, WHen you under water you forget all your problems and enjoy your surroundings. Diving has become my way of life. Every has there only stress relief and things that thrill them, mine is diving. I look forward to always doing it. I love to help people learn about and I talk about it every day. Like I stated the hubby got me into it, but soon stop diving in the cold water. So know I look forward to going diving with out him and diving with my friends. You know Alex I helped you learn and I love diving with you. You are a great dive buddy and that makes diving even more enjoyable is that you get to meet people like you. Plus I have my little brother Doug. :)
NWKatShark - 12/11/2007 6:38 PM
I`m passionate about skydiving as well. Freedom, just pure freedom. The peace, the quiet, the tranquility of everything around me. Scuba is so wonderful, no only because I`m one of the "few" that get to experience it, but because I can think more clearly while down. I volunteer at an Aquarium and REALLY enjoy the interaction with the aquatic life. 1 on 1, don`t have to worry about them scattering from large predators. I can feed them, and they stay there, coming back for more. Passionate? Oh yeah. 100 feet down or 14000 feet up travelling at 80mph, THAT`S tranquility!
MostestGanpa - 12/09/2007 8:19 PM
Part 2 To make it out and successfully raising children and watching them do well. To do things I never imagined I would be able to do.. The tremendous people I`ve met while in the sport not only in person but here on DiveBuddy.I`ve never wanted to own a boat until now... but my wife says I have to pay off my credit card debt before I can buy one... I`ve done the "Four corners" twice on my bike, I`ve ridden to Sturgis and Cali and thought that would be the highlight of my living and leave me only those stories to tell... I`m hoping we can get this dive "Hostel" started sometime before "09" as I plan to do "Four Corners Diving" and meeting many of my buddies... Your right Harley... and this is my state of mind I am passionate about life and all it involes and all I can find in it...
MostestGanpa - 12/09/2007 8:18 PM
I will almost mimic my buddy Harleydiver with the exception that I own a Goldwing and a R1...I am driven by family... My wife, children and my Grandson (the "Mostest Hansomest") are my greatest passions second only to God... I`ve shared my introduction to this sport several time; while on vacation I took a intro diving course...that was it!!! I do have a great passion for this sport. I love the freedom as well as the unexplored.. I love entering and exploring a new world; not only the new world of God`s inner space but all the thing I`ve found since escaping an almost doom life (statistically), growing up in a hard, violent and unforgiving world.
Greg - 12/05/2007 3:27 PM
Nice blog! I love the silence and weightlessness underwater. I love to float mid water with my eyes closed and relax. I also love staying active out of the water with all my friends on!
harleydiver - 12/05/2007 4:52 AM
Being passionate about anything starts with your thought process. Passion about life, love and of course your own beliefs. I love my wife, I love my children. Diving is one activity that fascinates me as does my Harley-Davidson® and my favorite college (Go GATORS!) and of course my Country. Being a member has allowed me to incorporate almost all of these. Being able to go to 167 feet in a large body of water to see what is left of an old Coast Guard ship and the wonders she holds below only scratches the surface of our diving world. Again, passion is a thought process which then grabs ones heart and soul to make us do whatever it is we do. As for me, I will continue living for not only what I love but what I need and what I am passionate about. Love, Life, Country and Corps. Diving, Harley`s and of course My beautiful Granddaughter Rylee.