“It feels a lot like dancing, and even when I am swimming with repetitive strokes, it still feels like I am performing a complex dance routine.”
New York, NY
If I had to choose between being a fish or a human, I think I’d be a fish. Seeing as I’m always in the water, I’m already halfway to being a water-dweller anyway.
Swimming has always been a constant in my life, no matter how my environment, the people around me, or myself has changed. There are really few things I can think of that has persisted throughout my life in this way.
When I’m in the water, I get a freedom unlike anything. I can float freely, glide effortlessly and plunge my body into a new world. Whether it’s in a pool or the ocean, the peaceful quiet after diving under the surface gives me a unique sense of calm that I can’t get elsewhere.
The water allows me to forget my inhibitions and let my movements become playful and loose. I can be worriless in this environment, with the air in my lungs being the only thing on my mind. My thoughts are clearest and most at peace when in this state, and so I use my time in the water to contemplate and think creatively.
It’s also a place where I can physically be creative. There are an infinite amount of movements possible while suspended in water, and I explore new ones every time I go for a swim.
The placidity of my mind and freedom of my body provides me with a wonderful space for self-expression. It feels a lot like dancing, and even when I am swimming with repetitive strokes, it still feels like I am performing a complex dance routine.
I try to be as freely thinking and acting as a fish, to be just as effortless and carefree, even when I’m not in the water. No matter what the circumstances, the water will always be a temple where I can go to reflect and express myself without worry.