I am getting ahead of myself...in my mind, that is.
Before I can do all of the things I want to do, I have to start at ground level. All right, so what is ground level for my goals?
1. Ground Level-->Join a gym with a pool. Get in the water everyday. This will not only help me get into shape, but it will help me get used to the water again. (Oh, how I have missed it) And I can bring my fins and get used to using them everyday. Okie dokie. So I looked up prices and we can afford to join as a family. I will have to get up early, take Josh to work, go straight to the gym, put Gabriel in the childcare room, and get in the pool. After that, I will go home and do my regular wife duties and then go pick Josh up from work. This is easy. And, hopefully, this weekend, we can go take a tour of a few different gyms and chose the right one for us.
2. Level 1-->Join a S.C.U.B.A. class and be on my way to becoming certified. There are many levels of certifications leading up to being an instructor. I have to have a certain number of hours of pool dives and open water dives and specialty classes. I was thinking about doing underwater photography because that is a great hobby in itself and it seems like so much fun. That could also be another job opportunity...if I lived closer to the ocean. You can't really take good pictures in a murky lake.
3. Level 2-->Save up enough money to buy my own equipment. This could be a while just because S.C.U.B.A. equipment is insanely expensive. Why is it that Josh and I both have such expensive habits. Music equipment is expensive too haha. Anyway, I could save and get really great equipment. Hopefully by the time I need to buy some, we will have a lot more in savings than we do now and it won't be such a problem to save up to get some of my own equipment.
4. Level 3-->If we were ever at a place in our live where we could move closer to an aquarium so that I could get a job in one, I will have reached all of these other requirements. I looked up employment opportunities at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. They require 30 hours of open water dives to get in the tanks and clean them and feed fish. I would once again have to start at the bottom of the food chain with volunteering or just cleaning tanks for minimum wage or something, but there is always an opportunity to move up in the world.
If I look at it this way, there are only four levels and it doesn't seem like that hard to do. Just take it one step at a time and go from there.
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