Yesterday, I did something I swore I never would that I found totally amazing, yet I will never ever do again. That's right, y'all - friends talked me into going on a boat into the great Atlantic Ocean. And it was the most beautiful thing, yet it was the most terrifying experience I've had in a long time.
For me, it was akin to giving birth. I received the greatest gift in giving birth - my children. Yet because I had multiple c-sections, it was a terrifying experience even though I knew God was with me all along.
I don't swim y'all. I can't even doggie paddle. And floating - that's a no go too! So for me, being out there in that tiny boat surrounded only by sunshine, water and fish was really scary beyond belief.
I'm proud to say I completely survived. I conquered a fear that day too. And it was nothing like I thought it would be.
The Atlantic Ocean is absolutely gorgeous. I can only imagine that all Oceans are but I've only seen this one. I saw my first Sand Shark up close and personal. It was beautiful. White with leathery, grey skin and tiny, sharp teeth.
We were 40 miles out in the ocean for a good part of the day. While the other's fished, I just hung out around the boat praying it wouldn't turn over with me in it. They caught lots of beautiful fish: Blue fish, Sea Bass, Sea Brim and three Sand Sharks. I've never seen such beautiful fish as they all were and certainly never that close up.
We were out on the water for 12 hours and 2 minutes. It's a day I will never forget and one I will never experience again. It's something I will forever tell my children and grandchildren about.
The best part of the day was watching the sun set over the Myrtle Beach coastline. I've always wanted to see the sun set on the coast and God surely made that happen for me. Something I thought would never happen came true. God's simplest beauties shown to me from a completely different angle than I ever expected to experience.
It was something I never expected to do and it happened rather suddenly. It's something I will choose to never do again but I can promise I will always remember the joyful experience over the fear of my day.