Dreams change but they are never forgotten. When I was little, I wanted to be a lifeguard and I think it was because Pamela Anderson looked really cool wearing her swimsuit and running towards the beach. Remembering Baywatch, it was our most anticipated series.
As life rolls in we change our dreams mostly because of a need. Life of a lifeguard was not fulfilled as it requires constant relationship with water and I broke up with water when we moved to Bohol. Although, I know the connection I had with the ocean did not die with my moving away, the intensity faded bit by bit.
What does a lifeguard do basically. According to Wiki, A lifeguard supervises the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants such as in a swimming pool, water park, or beach. Lifeguards are strong swimmers and trained in first aid, certified in water rescue using a variety of aids and equipment depending on requirements of their particular venue. In some areas, lifeguards are part of the emergency services system to incidents and in some communities, the lifeguard service also carries out mountain rescues, or may function as the primary EMS provider. They are responsible for the safety of the people in an area of water. They also enforce rules to prevent untoward accidents.
In the Philippines, lifeguard as a profession is not really a good income generating. Our government do not provide lifeguards in public beaches as it is not part of the payroll and budget. Nevertheless, I still wish to become a lifeguard but unfortunately I no longer feel the same passion to it as before.
Being a lifeguard, it requires selflessness, it is more a calling than a job.