About me
I am Brazilian, piscean and traveller. Working as a yacht stewardess gives me the oportunitty to be close to the ocean, which is where I always wanted to be. This blog is the result of a desire to share my life with people who are seeking for a new adventure and also to help those who cross my path. Welcome to my world!
Swimming with sharks
We were at the Whitsundays and a school of about 10 sharks decided to stay near the backside of the boat
27/04/2017 - Updated on 27/04/2017 09h42
 

As you can imagine, I've always enjoyed being in the water. I grew up in the beaches of Ubatuba, at the coastside of the state of São Paulo. When I moved to the capital of the state, each weekend or holiday was a reason to go back to the shoreside.
 
Working on a boat, although relatively unexpected in my life, satisfies pretty much all of my personal needs. Think about the basic things every person needs to be at peace with oneself. Some people need routines; others need to work from their home office; others need anything except a routine. Each person has their own preference. Well, my preferences have always been meeting new people and places all of the time and, as a bonus, being close to the sea 100% of the time. There's nothing better!
 
There's just one tiny detail regarding the ocean: I'm terrified – and I mean truly terrified – of sharks! I know they're sweet and cuddly and won't harm any of us – unless they feel threatened. I keep all of this in mind. However, after living for a few years in Australia and going through the experience of being at the beach and hearing the lifeguard screaming so that everybody would get out of the water, since the masters of the sand had arrived, I started to become wary of these whippersnappers.
 
One time, I attempted to swim with nurse sharks. We were at the Whitsundays, in Australia, and a school of about 10 sharks decided to stay near the backside of the boat. Even though they are known as one of the most harmless species of sharks, just seeing them there, swimming, gave me the shivers.

 
 
Everybody in the boat decided to take a chance and swim with those "docile" animals. I knew at that moment that if I refrained from taking part in that adventure, I'd bear a heavy consciousness for the rest of my life. I also knew that there was no turning back. So I went for it! After all, everything in my life had changed so suddenly, what difference would it make to swim with sharks? Of course, that wasn't exactly what I thought at the time (lol). But why not overcome another fear?

See more: The fascinating encounter with the humpbacks


I won't say that it was the coolest experience ever. While those sharks surrounded me, trying to figure out what that human was doing there, I desperately attempted to cheer myself up and to show at least some satisfaction in taking part in that adventure. I was somewhat successful with that.
 
I was scared the entire time, but I also felt this awesome adrenaline, this huge satisfaction in being able to experience all of that. I did it, I don't regret it, I'd do it again and I can tick that item off my bucket list.
 
 "Surrender, like I have surrendered. Dive into the unknown, like I have. Don't worry about understanding – life surpasses any understanding", Clarice Lispector
 




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