What is a wow moment?
Do you ever feel like you are ‘just’ living?
Moments pass you by before you even get a chance to take them in? And better still, most of these moments, you’ll likely forget.
Ive felt this way for a long while, which I why I strived for something more. That’s when I came up with the term ‘Wow moments’. What is a wow moment you ask? It’s a moment of pure bliss, a moment of perfection, when your mind is completely blown, and most importantly for me, it’s a moment that you’ll never forget.
My longing for wow moments began when I was travelling around Asia in 2019. The places I visited were unbelievably beautiful and full of great experiences and things to see. However, I found myself feeling ungrateful when asked to reflect on past experiences of the trip. This is because despite only being a few weeks or months ago, I was struggling to remember what I actually did. Special moments that a lot of people would only dream about were just passing me by and would probably be lost forever if I didn’t take pictures and write down my experiences. This made me search for something more, something that I could never forget, something that would blow my mind. Something that made me say wow and actually mean it.
My introduction to wow moments
My first experience of a wow moment was a very unexpected one in Thailand. At the time, I was a very anxious and nervous person who was always worried about what people thought of me. I had spent days stressing over whether I should do a scuba diving course as I am not the strongest swimmer. I was so caught up with what others thought of me I was more worried about them than my own safety and potentially drowning. Anyway, after countless phone calls with my mum and other family members, they convinced me to at least give it a go, so that I wouldn’t have any regrets, I precariously obliged.
In the blink of an eye, like many moments in my life, the time on the diving course has quickly passed and it was time to go out to sea. Despite the overflowing nerves and feeling unprepared, I cared so much about what others thought of me that there was no way that I could not jump off that boat when it was my turn to do so. After a big splash, and a panicked few seconds I realised everything was fine. The life jacket was secured and sufficiently filled with air and despite all the heavy equipment hurdled over me, I was floating. Panic over… or so I thought…
We was then instructed to let out some air and follow a diagonal rope all the way down to the sea bed which was about 18 meters deep. I have never gripped something so hard in my life. I was descending down at the back of the group, completely focussed on each haul of the rope, grudgingly pulling myself deeper and making sure I didn’t dare lose my grip. This strategy had worked pretty well until a large cluster of coral completely surrounded the entire next section of the rope. With no way of getting past using the rope, I realised I had to let go. Cue panic attack.
The fear and worry of what might happen when I let go hit me like a tonne of bricks, my body began to shake and my breathing accelerated rapidly. Submerged 15 meters underwater was not an ideal place for a panic attack and I knew from experience that if I didn’t let go this second it would just get progressively worse. The countdown from 3 in my head was probably the longest 3 seconds of my life, or maybe I was just counting really slowly? Either way, I let go of the rope and… complete mind blowing ecstasy. Much like I was submerged underwater, I was submerged with my feelings of anxiety and worry so much that I didn’t even get a chance to look around. To see the thousands of colourful fish completely surrounding me, or to see the battery of barracudas passing by, or to see the most beautiful fluorescent coral flowing in the light current beneath me. This was my introduction to a wow moment. A moment of pure euphoria, a moment I will remember for the rest of my life.
My takeaways from this experience and finding wow moments as a whole was to continue to push myself, get out of my comfort zone and try new things in order to find my next wow moment. Finding wow moments in itself was a life changing moment for me as now in 2022 I haven’t suffered from severe anxiety or had a panic attack since. I think the realisation of how much it was holding me back had just clicked in my subconscious brain in some weird way. That at any second I could be missing out on a potential wow moment because of self-doubt, anxiety and my low confidence.
I know this is a very personable experience and unlikely to happen to everyone but I really wanted to share my story of wow moments and how they’ve helped me become a more confident, adventurous and less anxious person.