[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Your social media feeds are suddenly full of diving-related posts[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Facebook sure picked it up fast. The algorithms detect your likes and dislikes and your behaviours faster than your other half probably. Before you realize it, they push you content that they think you’ll like. The habitual clicking of that “Like” button just never stops after that.
Instagram has great accounts to follow too, from marine conservation to underwater photographers and free divers (aka hot stuff). Instagram is a great platform. Some of my personal favourite Instagram accounts are: @kimi_swimmy and @oceanicramesy, @scott.portelli. Inspiring photos and extremely authentic posts. And just people who are living their passion every single day, every single moment of their life. It makes you want to do the same too. Who knows? Enough dosage of it and it might inspire you to start living the life you want to have.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]You find your bank balance depleting fast[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Just like the Facebook likes, swiping your plastic is painless. You go to ADEX and you see the latest Scubapro Jetfin in camo design, swipe. A few days later, someone is selling their backplate BCD on Carousell, just click a few buttons and you are done. And somehow, that list just never seem to end. You need that new Vader mask because it is always good to have a spare mask on hand, that new dive computer because, what if the one you have fails you on trip? Ah, that new trolley bag to store your equipment is on discount. Oh, I feel like I need some compressed air this weekend. I really need this trip.
Well, spending money on experience is definitely well-worth every single penny. Money does buy happiness.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]You subconsciously start planning for dive holidays[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Holiday planning takes a step further with dive holidays. UNESCO World Heritage sites are secondary now. There are way too many of them anyway to keep track and travel through it properly. The marine animals are the sights that you will want to check off in your travels now.
You’ve got two checklists now, one for land destinations and one for underwater adventures. Somehow, gradually, it has become a way of life. Long weekends are now oh-so-precious. And never has there been the perfect timing than now to plan for the next dive holiday. Especially since we are in Singapore; the doors to the rest of SEA are wide open. Being in such a strategic and convenient location, there is no better place and time to explore the 75% of the Earth.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]You make a lot of new friends [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Like-minded ones, mind you. There’s just something about diving that is quite magical. It really dissolves and transcends boundaries. Divers are usually a fun bunch of people who are pretty chilled about life. Let you in on this little secret, which might already have been an open secret, it is a community where the occurrences of couples are super duper high. It is much more reliable and effective than Tinder. Or for that matter, dating agencies. Jokes aside, I think diving as an activity really forges bonds like no other activities can. It creates a special space in nature and opens up that void that made you forget about everything else and just focus on what’s present; really leaning into conversations and dialogues, and really listen.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]You become increasingly environmentally-conscious[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]As you become more and more experienced in diving and dive deeper into it (literally and figuratively), you become more educated about environmental issues. And changes to small little daily habits start to creep in your life. Because we have experienced how beautiful and healing nature could be, it makes us want to do more to protect what is precious. We began to understand the fragility of nature, after having experienced the majestic and magnificent side of it.
I used to believe that as a sole individual, what you can do is limited, but I was wrong. As an individual, if we could focus our individual efforts together, we could change things and make the difference that we were meant to. Start today. Stop eating shark fin soup, boycott all restaurants that do, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Reduce the usage of plastic. Stop using straws. Eat on the premises instead of ordering takeaway, better yet, bring your own utensils. Think big, start small.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are what we dedicate our time to. Find what gives meaning to your life and happiness is within reach. No matter what it is that we choose to do, make full use of our time on it, and create a meaningful impact.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]