We are on holiday in Bali. The ocean sparkles- turquoise blue and emerald green. Small waves play about in white swishes, as we head out in a glass bottom boat, to our snorkelling site.
We are very excited as we peer through the glass bottom. Our guide points out various things – both around us and in the water.
We arrive at the snorkelling site. When I jump into the water, I feel the waves bobbing, and suddenly feel nervous about the depth. Swimming in a defined pool is ok, but this…!
I keep asking the guide to stay close to me. There are a few people who dive-in as we arrive. It can’t be that scary, I tell myself.
As we go down a few feet,
we are overwhelmed by the sudden explosion of colour. The Creator is such a great artist; fishes in shades and combinations unimaginable, flit or swim gracefully around us. I feel the tension ebbing away, though I still feel a tad nervous.
After a few minutes, I come up for air. And there is another loud upward splash in front of me that nearly does me in. I scream out and flail my arms.
The splash slowly takes the form of a young lad, probably in his late teens.
He winks at me and says, “Hi! I am the Ocean God. Pleased to meet you.”
I laugh. I love his humour and its spontaneity.
I continue to laugh as I dive back in, more relaxed now, ready to see more.