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What builds muscle mass and improves endurance? What protects us from joint stress and strain? What helps alleviate arthritis? What improves cardio-respiratory fitness and burns calories almost as efficiently as cycling? What works almost all our muscles? What is effective when we're old or injured? What cools the body (and the mind)?
Ice cream (especially root-beer floats).
I wish. Actually, if you were thinking eating of any kind (instead of swimming), sadly that is incorrect, but I like the way you think.
This year, one of the hottest I can recall, I have gone swimming in
a. a pool.
b. the ocean.
c. with a bear, literally (thankful he kept to his own side of the river and left fairly quickly).
d. in that shimmery-shade-of-sugary-blue glacial water.
This was weird. I seldom swim. For me, clothing is rarely optional and water and I haven’t always been in a trustworthy relationship. Yet, in that water whether it was salty or freezing or a little too populated, I couldn’t help but unwind. And it made me wonder:
1. Maybe flying is actually floating.
2. Maybe swimming washes away more than we realize.
3. Maybe swimming resets perspective.
4. Where else can you pee your pants in public?
5. Maybe swimming makes us young again.
6. Maybe it’s impossible to be unhappy in the water.
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.” –e.e. cummings