I know I haven’t posted for awhile, in fact, so long that my own husband wrote a blog! Parents have said to me over and over “it goes by super fast” but I never really took them seriously until all of a sudden my little boy is almost 8 months old, eating solid food and moving around like a little maniac. How did this happen? Weren’t we just putting the crib together in anticipation of his arrival?
Here is one of his latest photos.
Plus, our 5 year anniversary of moving to St Martin and owning Octopus Diving passed on the 1st of June like a lightening bolt. Boom! We’ve had the business 5 years. How did that happen? How could that possibly have occurred? Well it did. Five years. I have this theory that life seems to pass more quickly the older that you are because each day, month, year is a smaller fraction of your total life. For example, one year seems like an eternity when you are only 5 years old. This is because it is 20% of your total life! However, when you are 20 years old it is only 5% of your life! Although time seems to pass more and more quickly relative to the years that are going by, and in my theory the years should seem to pass more quickly the older we are, but at a decreasing rate of quickness. (Does that make any sense?)
Anyway… before I know it the day will be gone so I better get writing about something you are interested in.
The divers are out on the boat right now, possibly under the water. We have a group of 5 guys ages 27 – 33, 4 of them are first time divers and the other is a certified diver. They are all diving together and it looks beautiful out there. I have been diving recently, but not as much as I would like to be. It just seems like there is always something that needs to be done outside of actually being underwater. Like accounting, taxes, marketing, website work, contracts, budgets, making baby food, trying to keep a nap schedule, laundry (this is a real bummer), and on and on and on. I’ve taught quite a few underwater photography specialties lately, which has been loads of fun.
I just can’t believe that over 5 years ago Chris and I came to St Martin, knowing nothing about the island whatsoever, and decided to put our roots down here. The mixture of emotions when we finally made the decision to purchase Octopus Diving is almost indescribable. It was sort of a combination of being completely overwhelmed with fear and anxiety, juxtaposed with excitement and faith for the future. I normally reach out to Steve this time of year. He was our first ever customer. I will repeat the story quickly here.
We got the keys to the store on a Saturday afternoon and we were outside the dive shop, keys in hand, when Steve and Jack from San Francisco came over and asked if they could go diving the next day. We said “I’m sorry, we are closed on Sundays.” And then Chris and I looked at each other and we were like “hey, this is our business now, we can do whatever we want.” And we said “Sure.”
Steve is still in contact with us, and although we haven’t taken him up on the offer of sailing in San Francisco, we intend to one day.
Five years later and making decisions like that seem to come second nature.
Anyway… I thought I would put in some old photos of Chris and I and Octopus Diving when we first moved here and started Octopus Diving.
Well, that’s it for now. Another afternoon has passed and I need to go take a photo of my little boy to freeze how cute he is today!
Sally wrote this blog 🙂