I’m back in a bathing suit and swimming again! I was that kid at swimming lessons who had already completed Jr. Lifesaving at the age of 9, but had to re-take all the other class due to the age restrictions. While I was never a super-fast swimmer (I was a “pretty” swimmer with little to no splashing), I did a mean dive and was on the local swim team for a few seasons. If it was summer, I was at the local pool. My mother had us riding our bikes the mile-and-a-half to the pool from the time I was 6. This was another time, when kids were much “safer”, or if they weren’t, no one actually heard about it.
So, for years I haven’t gone to the lake that’s just about a mile from my house due to my feeling I was “too fat” to get into a bathing suit. Yes, I know, vanity captures us all at some point or another. But, now that I’ve lost weight, I went out and bought myself a black one-piece, and the rest is history.
I’ve been going early in the morning and swimming laps between the two decks. The other day I was the only one there at 6 am. It was quiet, meditative and nice. And, the lake is too crowded to swim laps at any other time of day. There is a pair of eagles living at our lake this summer, and I’ve been hoping to catch sight of them. No luck yet.
I really missed this and can’t believe that it’s been so long since I went swimming. I think that in another life I may have been a mermaid; either that, or a narwhal (the unicorn of the sea). I hope to improve by the end of the summer, and be able to complete more laps. For the moment though, I’m just loving it!