I have never been scuba diving but I understand the basic premise. Suit up, don the tank and explore a world beyond anything I will ever see first hand. There is a joy for me in having OASIS on my channel line up, knowing that I won’t have a panic attack meters below the surface of the water but still being able to enjoy the beauty of the ocean from the comfort of my living room.
I have learned many things about the ocean and its inhabitants by watching documentaries and TV mini-series. I have been amazed by the palette of colors the ocean is able to paint itself with, the varied species of creatures who contribute to life under the sea and the vast array of reefs and wrecks still waiting to be explored further. But I learned more from the bubbles than I did from the documentaries.
Scuba divers follow their bubbles to the surface when they don’t know which way is up. Sometimes the simplest solution is the one that saves you. The more I began to think about that, the more I realized that those bubbles represent the most important people in our lives. When we find ourselves a little lost or unsure of where we are headed, we look to those people for support and guidance, knowing they will always lead us to the place where we can once again catch our breath and feel like we are above the surface of our dilemmas.
Thank you to all the “bubbles” in my life…the friends and family who have been those small beacons that help me out of moments when I felt like I dove too far. The world is a vast ocean and I am but one diver amidst a sea of intrepid mariners trying to navigate their own waters.
We each have our own collection of bubbles to turn to for refuge and a path to safety and I’m fortunate that I am able to exhale and know those bubbles are always there to guide me when I need them.