2020: The Year I Didn’t Scuba Dive

2020 has been a tough year for everyone. Each week has felt like a month, and the entire year has felt like a decade. We’re a little over two months away from 2021, and it can’t get here fast enough! This year has brought a pandemic that has infected and killed millions, civil unrest that has divided communities, severe hurricanes and wildfires that have ravaged the world, and a chaotic US presidential election filled with misinformation, malice, and voter suppression.

Now, if know me, you know I love scuba diving. I mean, I am Tidewater Teddy, after all. That said, due to COVID-19, I have not dived at all this year. 2020 is the first year (since I was certified back in 2013) that I have not scuba dived. Sure, scuba diving is lower risk when you’re underwater. But, at the surface, you’re on a boat packed with strangers in very close quarters.

Ascending up the mooring line off Wilmington, NC, in August 2015. This was my first trip to Wilmington, and I was definitely impressed!!!

Now, is scuba diving necessary or essential? No. And that’s why I’m not too bummed about it. It’s a First World Problem.

For me, remaining safe and healthy and keeping others safe and healthy is of the utmost importance right now. At this point, it may be a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. We should not challenge nature. I hope you and your friends and family stay safe and healthy and are finding ways to still have fun!

(And, if you’re reading this from the future, I hope things have improved!!!)

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