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#375287 Dry almost 2 years, but alive!

Posted by bmyates on 16 July 2016 - 08:47 PM

Hi, all!  It's been awhile since I posted here.

For those that don't know, I was in a nasty motorcycle accident a little over a year ago (you can read about the crash, my thoughts/philosophizing, and how I survived 4 months in hospitals and rehab facilities, at: http://bruceyates.bl...erspective.html).

Although I can dive again, starting next month, I won't ever dive cold water/dry suit again (too risky for my reconstructed pelvis). In fact, I'll probably list my two drysuits in the classifieds one of these days (if you're 6'5", 250-ish... ;) ). My first time back in the water will be someplace warm and easy :island: (e.g., Caymans), and we'll see how that goes...but considering the fact that this time last year I was just bedridden and just looking forward to learning to walk again, I think ANY diving will be pretty darn cool!

I just thought I'd post this as a reminder not to take for granted how lucky you are to be able to do things you love - like diving - because there's no guarantee you'll still be able to do them a year from now. I'm VERY lucky - I can still dive (albeit in more limited conditions) - but if my crash had been just a little bit different (e.g., at 40MPH instead of 30MPH), I might never dive again, or walk, or even be alive.

Embrace every day!  :bananashark:

#351933 Wetpixel Whale sharks 2014

Posted by bmyates on 23 August 2014 - 06:31 PM

A few more shots from this trip:


Feeding, but keeping an eye on me.









It was a great trip, thanks in large part to Wetpixel and our two group leaders!