Anya Andreeva scuba diving looking at coral at Ras Bob in Egypt

Before you get up and start rushing through your day, take a moment to breathe and think about how it feels to be underwater.

For me personally, being in the water is a very natural thing. Having been a diver since the age of 13, I’ve been in calm, shallow water, strong currents that moved me no matter what I did and occasionally got stuck in an underwater cave.

Doesn’t that just perfectly sum up life in general? In every situation, I remained calm and watched the environment for what it wanted me to do.

Anya Andreeva scuba diving at Ras Bob in Egypt

In shallow waters, I enjoyed the corals and beautiful fish swimming about. I took time to appreciate every moment so as to not miss a single colourful nudibranch.

When the current hit, I realised that I used much more air if I swam against it and I really didn’t enjoy the dive. When I let go of struggling, the current just took me somewhere and I just enjoyed the lazy ride. The boat found me either way.

When I went through the cave, it was so narrow that my air tank hit the top and occasionally got stuck. My buddy was far ahead. I couldn’t turn around and go back, I could only look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel and knew that all I had to do was keep going.

And occasionally I had a deep dive and experienced narcosis (basically like getting high underwater). Then I’d float upside down and watch my own bubbles float up to the surface – I’m telling you, that’s one of the most magical memories of my life!

So whatever life is giving you now, try to figure out what life wants you to do. And remember, nothing ever persists forever, so eventually you will get out of that cave and once more enjoy the colourful corals and friendly fish.

Anya Andreeva swimming with diving mask smiling in Egypt

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