I was 22 years old, traveling the world by myself – looking for what to do with my life.
At that moment I was traveling in the South Island of New Zealand, enjoying one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
New Zealand for me was the land of opportunities!
I worked in two jobs only to make sure that when I was there, I could do whatever I set my mind to.
And sure enough, I managed to save some money, quit both of my jobs and I bought a ticket to the land of opportunities!
One of my goals while visiting New Zealand was to be completely free, I had so many problems back home that I couldn’t even imagine from where to start in this quest for freedom, so the first thing that I did after landing was to get my hands on a nice car.
“go with the flow”
No plans just whatever feel good for me. And this is how most of my days went: I would drive to someplace I saw on the map, with no “plan” or commitment, just doing whatever felt right.
If I would have found something that’s worth staying for, then I would, if not, then I would have just go to the next place on the map.
My end of the day set up was just me, my car and my tent, but to my surprise most of the time I would find myself being invited to stay with local people that I’ve met along the way.
These were the best experiences of my trip! This is how I found myself in the small ocean town, Kaikoura.
Things were about to get even better
When on one of my walks in town, I saw a sign for a scuba diving course, I have never done scuba diving until that point and it sounded fun, so I went inside the dive shop to have a look.
I don’t think that 10 minutes have passed and I had my credit card already at the sells man hands, it didn’t take a lot of persuasions once I saw a short clip with a diver and an Orca swimming just a few meters beside him!
I only had one question to my future diving instructor: “are there any Orcas in the area?”
When he answered (and showed me a video) that he saw one just yesterday – I was ready to pay any price to be able to see one with my own eyes!
On The Very Next Day
I took a swimming exam in a pool and have my very first lesson of diving basic rules and how to set up my diving equipment.
After getting all of the class duties done and passing all the basic diving theory exams I was ready to go inside the ocean for the very first time!
I cannot express with words the feeling of calmness I felt once I got under the water, at first, I wasn’t even looking at my surrounding!
I was so excited by the strange new feeling of being underwater for a long time, just being there and feeling the current as it flows.
And then it happened
I started to be aware of all the wildlife around me! Hundreds of fishes in a wild underwater forest going deeper than the eye can see! It was like nothing I had done before!