Ecocentricity Blog: A First Time for Everything

Mar 21, 2017 10:15 AM ET

For many divers, the Great Barrier Reef is a pilgrimage they make after years spent exploring the ocean. For Chantel, it’s where she dove for the first time, and it’s an experience she will never forget.


You always remember your first time.

Whoa, hang on a second, I didn’t mean it like that. Get your head out of the gutter.

It’s just that new experiences in life, no matter the type, are always memorable. My first beer when I turned 21 (a porter) was at Jack of the Wood, a great bar in Asheville, NC. I vividly remember being rolled into the operating room as a six-year-old for my first time having surgery (it’s actually the earliest memory I have in life). And I know that I’ll never forget that first moment I saw Chantel in her wedding dress.

My wife and I have enjoyed some amazing moments in life, and I got to have a front-row seat for one of her coolest firsts: scuba diving.

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Valerie Bennett
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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