The Accidental Swimmer
So there I was, day one of vacation, with a warm, calm ocean, a foot issue preventing me from running and no excuses about not being able to share a lane. So I bit the bullet, donned goggles and a cap and started swimming.
I am not the most comfortable swimmer, so I swam really close to shore. I mean embarrassingly close. So close that more than once my stroke hit the sand and I swear the two fish following me were laughing. But I kept going, knowing two things. One, I would never see these people or fish again and two, it felt great.
Since my surgery -almost 5 years ago- I haven’t had my full range of motion in my right arm. Close, but not completely. That is until I started swimming. I have long known the benefits of aqua-therapy but I somehow didn’t think I needed them. Who needs the hassle of messing with chlorine on their already colored hair, not to mention going into cold water? Apparently I do!
I realize now, that in my desire to feel like “normal” again and resume my old exercise routine, I was forgetting some valuable lessons that cancer taught me.
- Today is the day to try new things.
- Getting back to the way things were isn’t always best for you.
- If you can laugh at yourself, it doesn’t matter who else is laughing.
What have you tried new lately?