You guys… This week I went swimming in my sisters pool. It was magical.
According to plan, I was going to drive to LA, leave Ruby with my sis, have a good swim and then meet friends around 1pm at a local cafe.
My body has been pretty beat up over the years working in the food industry. But then getting pregnant and giving birth has been even more pain I’ve gotten to experience daily. My feet and achilles are always in constant pain but the major add on since birth has been sciatic back pain. Carrying my little cherub hits the nerves in my lower back and the pain gets so bad I wince trying to turn over in the middle of the night. Currently, my body is a wonderland… in a war torn country. :)
It’s crazy how much we can lose our sense of play as adults. When I was little, I was a total fish. We had an inground pool that I lived in until my hair turned green. Years later, however, I lost my gills. We sold the house with the pool and after college I moved to Los Angeles, living in a land locked apartment building. Crazy busy and always working, I never saw water unless I was doing dishes.
Well, due to a ton of traffic and construction, the typical hour and a half drive took two and a half hours. When I arrived, I only had 20 minutes to spare and toyed with the idea of not going in.
It felt like it was barely enough time to make a difference. I’d also be meeting my friends at the cafe looking like a wet rat. I’d be racing in, racing to get out, racing to get to my friends– all while towing around Ruby. It just didn’t seem worth it. I was so bummed.
Well, thankfully– for whatever reason– I stuck to my guns and made myself go in. The car ride was hot and I had so been looking forward to it all week, I wasn’t going to drive all of this way to wimp out. And let me tell you, to be immersed in cool water, especially after a long drive with no AC, felt like LIFE. I still had lower back pain but it felt incredible to move all of my muscles without strain. I honestly wanted to stay in there all day!
It was amazing the sounds that came back to me from my childhood like not a day had passed– the lapping of the water in the pool, the way the water drops sounded against the hot concrete while getting out, what your shadow looks like while you’re drying off. I’m not sure why but it felt so special and meaningful. Where you could tell the years had flown by was in my swimming ability. Ha! If you don’t use it, you definitely lose it! :)
Anyway, all this to say… It was a wonderful reminder that even with limited time, we have choices. We decide what our priorities are and I’m so glad I chose to take the literal plunge. Oh! And the best part? I was so happy I didn’t even care I showed up like a wet rat to lunch.
Is there anything you’ve wussed out on when you could have taken the hiccup of time that you had? Creating art? Reading a book? Singing a song? Dancing to some music? Going for a swim?
This is just a friendly reminder from your Captain… DO IT!!! :)