Day 236: Haldrine Cove.
It can be relentlessly consuming.
Gripping in its intensity.
Paralysing in its power.
The choice can be made to avoid it. To remain a safe distance from the edge. To refuse to commit to the abyss, allowing life to pass by comfortably and, in the end, to never know what may have been. .
And yet with risk comes reward.
At the right time, in the right place and at exactly the right moment, it is possible to greet fear as an old friend. To share the strength radiated in its intensity. To embrace it willingly and, hand-in-hand, to take the leap.
It was this that we set off to document today.
This single snapshot captures my long running relationship of terror with water. I’ve made attempts over the years to repair our bonds. Gradually, things have improved I’ve once again able to #swim in a pool or a calm river or sea. I’ll now comfortably #kayak and #canoe .
Yet still, after all this time, two concepts still leave my palms clammy, my heart racing and my thoughts swirling more than any other: intimidating, towering waves crashing violently against cliffs and high, exposed jumps into seemingly bottomless water below. .
A massive thank you to @christo35mm for my #adventure #filmmaking course today.
It was an opportunity to learn a new skill (it’s something that’s interested me for ages!) and also to have a long overdue catch up! More than that though, I have known @christo35mm for nearly ten years which means he knows exactly how to challenge me and push my comfort zone- something that definitely was achieved in style today.
I’m hugely grateful for his patience waiting when it took over four minutes for me to actually make the jump from the cliffs at #HaldrineCove .
Once in the water, I then repeatedly recoiled in horror at the murky shapes of seaweed innocently passing by me by as I surrendered myself to the swell. My imagination was running wild, conjuring up dastardly sea beasts that waited to strike and drag me into the depths below. So I’m also grateful to Chris for not laughing too much as he filmed every moment for me to practice editing together later. I’m looking forward to sharing it soon.