The story that Alcir told me, of how he discovered Who he was,
discovered that he was First and Foremost a loner and a diver…
is actually heartbreaking, yet beautiful too.
“My inner self started when I was 6 years old, and I was drowning
in high seas. My father trew me in the wader, he watch me as
I tried to stay up, my arms an’ legs grabbing.
I wen’ down, and didn’t come up. I Loved it. I went down to the
bottom, and sat in the mud for a long time…. maybe four minutes.
Suddenly I appeared up, with a big smile, and I discovered my life.
All I wanted was to dive.
I discovered who I was…. a loner and a diver. I didn’t need anyone
else to help me, or to tell me who I was.
And that is when I started fighting it.
They…my parents… could never understand why I refused to use
my intelligence, which they said I had.
Two times I broke the world record for deep sea diving.
I went over 75 meters down…
I don’t care that it was not recorded. I know who I am. “
I remember he told me once that he went down … i don’t know…
200 feet or something crazy. When he came back up, the
other guys didn’t believe that he’d gone down all the way to
the sea floor, so he went back down, following the anchor chain,
and brought up some sand from the bottom, just to prove
that he did. This was a Free Dive.
He claimed he could stay down for many minutes… four or five…
and frankly I doubted his story. I mean, impossible, right?
Then much later, I saw some nature program, where it talked
about how some people have this rare genetic ability …
and can, indeed, hold their breath for many minutes, and also
endure deep dives. I had no idea.
“All I wan’ to do is make myself happy. Society wans people who
wan’ to impress society. I’m not a monkey… I’m not a circus animal,
that lives to amuse people… I jus’ wanna live my life.”
He got a medal for bravery. It was in Desert Storm I think.
He carried a buddy on his back to safety, but he was already dead.
“He took 6 or 7 bullets for me”, he told me “but he was already dead.
Actually, he shielded me, but that was not why I carried him.
I never thought of that, I only thought of getting him out of there”
Another war story in Desert Storm… he was sleeping in his tent,
and in the middle of the night, he got up to take a piss… he heard
He looked back, and NO TENT…
He’s been shot 11 times, stabbed 4 times, and something happened
to his face.
“I know,” I told him. ” I can’t believe you’re still alive. I’m amazed.”
“If You are…imagine me?” His eyes grew dark and clouded over.
Still, his gaze was intent, as he looked deeply into me, knowing
he was sharing things hidden so deeply within his heart.
“When I am at war, I do not see them as human beings…no…
as a target; I have a perfect concept that they feel the same for me.”
“I don’ wanna die, I don’ know why. I don’ care about life or death, but …
somehow, I don’ wanna die”
He told me so many things about himself that night. My heart is
heavy with the realizations of his youthful pain. He said at six,
his mother told him he wouldn’t live til he was eight, and every
year she renewed her predictions.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because she didn’t like me.”
He was always in trouble, at home, at school. And then came the
Now today, I realize that he is ADHD. And these people are usually
extremely intelligent, and in those days they were completely
And the father story… a life of beatings. With the belt, with a
piece of wood, with whatever he had in his hand at the time….
…even kicking him, and when he fell to the ground and curled up
in a ball, well then he’d kick him some more.
They both took great pleasure in punishing him in front of others.
Strange, how such terrible deep scarring can direct someone to
such drive, such accomplishment.
I’ve felt for some time that all of this was about proving himself
as a man. But not to be loved, not to be liked by others.
And he was never accepted or shown love by either parent.
No, it was something deeper. Proving to Himself that he was
what he Knew himself to be…… Extraordinary.