Brad Rant: Calm Under Pressure

On December 15, 2017 by Brad Black in BRADS RANTS

Brad’s Rants are thoughts, reflections, and ideas straight from the brain of our co-founder Brad Black.


Your mind has the ability to take any situation and make it bad.
And can take a bad situation and make it really bad.

To get scuba certified, you’re trained how to un-fog your mask as it’s inevitable.

So, there I was: scuba diving at a depth of 90 feet.
And the inside of my mask started to fog up.
The tactics I learned in training weren’t working.

Soon I couldn’t see a thing.

I started to panic and I could see how my future would unfold should I continue down this path.
It was up to me to figure out — to un-cluster my tangled mind.

I started to bang on my tank to notify my dive-master that something was wrong.
After what seemed like an hour, I felt him grab my arm.
In the meantime, I was able to slowly improve my vision.
I noticed that I was just below the surface — I had risen about 80 feet.
And surfaced.

The dive-master said “your mask is filled with blood.”
I had a bloody nose.

I cleared my nose out.
Cleaned my mask and face with sea water, creating a blood slick around me.
I stopped the bleeding and calmed down.

I descended again.
Because why not…
And was glad I did.
I would’ve missed the 8 foot shark swimming by.

  • emmett lynch

    Great story and happy ending. Thank you for the reminder and smile. Wishing you all a 2018 worth having!