I am not a swimmer. That is what I have said my entire life…and so; I AM NOT A SWIMMER. But I want to be a swimmer. So much of what I do is really hard on my body and the older I get the more I know I need an activity that that is gentler, kinder. That is not the case if you are choking down half the pool water!
I am pretty sure that I am making a commitment to really swim…this time. I know it doesn’t sound like I am completely on board and I’m pretty sure I know why. I just drank a gallon of pool water trying to learn that whole breathing thing. I got the turn my head and look back part, but I think I was still exhaling and then when I put my face back in the water I sucked it all in! Much to the amusement of the eight retired ladies doing their aerobic workout (bad timing on my part) I proceeded to choke and flap my way back to the side with the aid of my girlfriend who is also my teacher. (This happened more than once if you get my drift.)
Well everything happens for a reason. I am sure I brought much joy to the little ladies, and watching their little gray heads bob in and out of the water also brought a smile to my face. (An especially big shout out to my friend who had a heart attack last year…she was one of those lovely heads-so proud that she is taking control of her life!)
So here I go…I AM A SWIMMER! I understand the importance of the words we place after I AM. I have also come to understand that our thoughts create our reality. And, I am very aware of how fear can interrupt us from creating and becoming all that we can imagine.
So I am going to dip my toe in the pool one step at a time. I see myself gliding across the pool in beautiful harmony and I BELIEVE that I am a swimmer. Beautiful!
Next I will work on swimming along the shore of the beautiful aqua Atlantic ocean…that is after I can get rid of the idea of the shark that is sure to bite me! I am a work in progress 🙂
21 thoughts on “I Swim Like a Manatee – Well…Almost!”
You did wonderfully! I can so relate to this post! I was late to learn swimming, I think I was 12, which is very late in Norway. I am still scared of getting water above my head, I mean scared does not cover it. It is a phobia, a deep phobia that is so much more than just fear. But I was told by a guru, that it had a purpose, I was not supposed to go in deep waters, he did not say why, but I thought it was a warning. But I believe in you! If you want to do it you definitely can!
Hi Line. Thanks for your words of encouragement. ..I know I will continue to improve. I can relate to your fear , but I am trying so hard to to turn my fear into love. I send all love and positive energy out to you. Trust your intuition. ..Blessitude – Lorrie
If you just relax, you will float. If you don’t, wear a neoprene wet suit, and that will help you float. 🙂 I believe in you, you can swim, you can play violin, your soul can be peaceful and joyful. Warmly, Brenda
Brenda..Thank you so much for the gift of your words. It really is all about belief and to have the support you offered is precious to me. Blessitude – Lorrie
Oh – and thanks for the wet suit tip! 🙂
Belief is key, I agree. 🙂
Good for you! I’m OK in the water as long as I have my head above, or if I can just hold my breath and submerge, but that in-and-out thing and the timing of the breathing has always been a problem. I’ve been meaning to get back to taking some more lessons — this is good inspiration!
I am so happy for you to have received inspiration! What you explained is EXACTLY what my issues are…and I WILL overcome them! Thanks..Lorrie
Looking forward to following along!
Love this post! I used to say, I’m not an artist. Look at me! I’m in another art show this May!!!! 🙂
You go girl!!! Just proves we are what we believe. Keep creating 🙂 Lorrie
“So here I go…I AM A SWIMMER! I understand the importance of the words we place after I AM. I have also come to understand that our thoughts create our reality. And, I am very aware of how fear can interrupt us from creating and becoming all that we can imagine.” …….I AM taking this piece of your post with me. These words are powerful and profound. Thanks for being so beautiful inside. Blessings to you.
I am so honored…Thank you. Your compliment was so beautiful and I am grateful that my words had this effect on you. 🙂
You are welcome!
Yes, YOU ARE A SWIMMER~~~ SO PROUD OF YOU!!!
Improving every day! It is amazing that I have a completely different feeling when I enter the pool now. Believe everyone!! Believe and you WILL!!
Way to drop the NOT from that affirmation! You indeed are a swimmer, and I’m so glad I’ve discovered your ocean of writings here so I can bring my froggy self swimming along! (A while back I wrote about my swimming being more frog-like than dolphin-like 😉 ) Blessings, Gina
Oh…another thing we have in common Gina! I need to find your post about your froggy swimming…I will look this weekend. I am doing much better in the water…I can actually breath in air instead of water….but I am still working on my technique. Blessitude!
Swimming is great fun and so are Manatees. Such a cutie:)
🙂 I am not to the point of “great fun” but have moved away from “great fear!” Thanks for looking…Lorrie