I'm Alec, I am 25 years old, and I grew up in Wisconsin as the second oldest of 4 kids. Middle children often get the stereotype of being the odd ones of the bunch, and I suppose that's true in my case. I've always been the type of person to live an unconventional and adventurous life. I guess it's because, like a friend of mine once said, "If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much room.". I seem to always be drawn to doing what ever is the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Like when growing up, instead of playing football, I did extreme sports. Instead of skateboarding; I rollerbladed. Instead of riding a bicycle; I learned how to unicycle. And apparently it's still going on, because while most of my peers are going to college to take their careers and education to new heights, I'm trying to take mine to new depths (literally).
My grandpa described me as some who is interested in 90% of the world. Which is pretty accurate. That's why I love traveling, and trying new things. I don't want to just learn or read about something. I want to experience it! Scuba diving is a good example of that. When growing up I remember having this feeling of awe whenever I watched videos of scuba diving or people in the tanks at aquariums. As the years went by and I learned more about the scuba industry and culture I became more and more excited to get involved. But it wasn't until I actually put on the gear and went below the surface that I learned that I loved scuba diving, and that the world just got a whole lot bigger.
From the past two years of following the previous BDJ winners, I have noticed 3 main things which make me want to join the club.
1. Their knowledge and experience: They arrived in Bali still being pretty fresh to the diving world, but you wouldn't have been able to guess that now.
2. A real appreciation and excitement for life: You can see the joy that comes from spending practically everyday outside, socializing with people and nature. They broke out of the 9-5, rush hours and lattes lifestyle, and are doing something that really makes themselves and others happy.
3. The Blue Season Bali family: It's been mentioned a few times how tight knit the crew at Blue Season Bali is. And by looking at the photos, videos, and kind words about them, I really wanting to meet them, and hopefully join the team!
There is definitely more than 3 reasons on why I want to win this contest, but for the interest of keeping this reasonably short, I'll end with one more.
"Happiness; only real when shared."- Christopher McCandless
If there's something that makes you happy, you should share it. After all, sharing is caring. That's why I want to be a scuba instructor.
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