I confess: I loathe the thought of swimming, accident prone with water with two major near-drownings (at age 4 and 19). Getting in the water continues to frighten me…the water surely overpowers a mere human being. And I feel limited because of it…one day, I will swim without fear. Just not today.
So I guess that’s why this Sophia’s post got to me…there are some things that inspired me, which I bolded…when we share our passions, it fuels me. When you comment, I am bigger, fuller, nourished! So thank you for sharing!
I used to hate all forms of exercise. Ask me to run, and I’ll pant like a wheezing cow all the way in less than 5 minutes. Ask me to go on a walk, and I’ll walk away in the other direction. And I hated any sports that had to do with a ball. But the one exercise that I really enjoyed was swimming. Growing up in the hot tropical weather in Singapore, it’s almost mandatory that you know how to swim. There is no other forms of activities as appropriate as swimming when you’re hot and sweaty all 365 days of the year!
But the coolness of the water aside, what I loved most about swimming was that I felt like I was in a whole new world, the underwater world. It’s like I’m in a dream, except I’m wide awake. I am weightless, floating, and my movements are slowed and smooth. When I keep my eyes open in the waters, everything is tinted, and when I gaze up, I can see the gentle swirls of the waters, and the outside world is blurred and somehow, more beautiful and comforting.
When I dunk into the blue waters, my imagination runs wild. I can pretend I’m a supple-toned dolphin, or a beautiful mermaid princess. I feel like I am in a different body, and I love the way I can just totally relax in the waters, letting the gentle waves within the waters push me along. I am no longer just my body, I feel like I am one with the waters. And when I reach out into the nothingness and pull, I love that feeling of me gliding forward, and the strain of my muscles throughout the entire body. I feel strong, I feel relaxed, I feel powerful, I feel…magical.
That’s just it. Swimming makes me feel so alive and free because of the real magic it provides, and there seems to be no limit to my imagination underwater. Man, I’m seriously craving a good swim right now.