Thursday, September 03, 2009

Just Keep Swimming

When the pull of life's undertow is dragging me down, I swim.

I imagine I have been shipwrecked and that I must try to reach the land.

[I usually imagine this is taking place somewhere near the Fiji Islands.]

[The water is completely shark free so I don't have to worry about that.]

[Hey, this is my head trip so I can manufacture whatever weird details see me through.]

It amuses me that I routinely swim when stressed, trying very literally to save myself from metaphorically drowning.

I know I could probably sail home on some sort of chemical lifeboat, but as long as I am able I somehow favor trying to get there on my own.

So I swim and swim and swim.

Today it took me two hours to reach the shore.

16 comments:

Jan said...

I swim sometimes, too.

Peace.

Marq | Uprinting.com said...

That's great! The water really helps you calm down. Swimming is also a very good exercise. Good for you!

Margaret said...

It is great that swimming helps you. It could be that you imagine your problems and stressors as a huge vat of ice cream that you have to eat your way out of. Oh, wait, that's me!

Glad to see you posting again.

Sayre said...

Swimming is a much healthier way of getting there. I've known a few people who thought adding even MORE liquid to their ocean of woe would help - and a couple of them drowned. Better to just keep swimming!

Mamma said...

I don't literally swim (though I used to and want to start again) but I'm a swimmer in life too. Just keep plowing ahead (hmmm...maybe I'm a plower?) and hope it all looks better soon.

Miss you!!

St Jude said...

I'm having a 'swimming' day today, but I seem to be swimming out of my depth! Hey ho just when you think you can touch the bottom.

Deb said...

There is something about the silence below water and the way we pull ourselves out of it stroke by stroke. I know that feeling.

John Ross said...

sounds like a pretty healthy coping mechanism. good on ya. "just keep swimming" is my favorite line from my favorite character in that movie.

Jenn said...

Ah, a fellow swimmer.

Safe travels, my friend.

Once you've warmed up at the shore, if you feel like shooting some hoops, let me know.

Above Average Joe said...

Two hours but you made it. That's what counts.

Madge said...

thank you for this post.

Minnie said...

Glad to know there are so many fellow swimmers out there.

I agree with AAJ- you made it to shore.

Thanks for this.

GingerB said...

Doggie paddle is more like it for me, but at least I reach land even if I am panting and I look like crap.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Thanks for this... some days when I feel like I am drowning I will remember to just keep swimming.

Can you still eat chocolate while swimming , the wine will spill of course !

well read hostess said...

After my second child was born I became a psychotic alien crazy postpartum pile of mess. My two year old son watched Finding Nemo on a continuous loop for about six months because hitting rewind and play was about all I could muster the energy for. I used to chant, mantra-like, "Just keep swimming" along with Dory in that movie and I swear to you that there are days that "Just keep swimming" echoing in my head - five and a half years later - still gets me through.

Keith Pools said...

Sometimes you need that reflection that only swimming can provide for you.