So today I am reminded of how important it is to “be in the moment.” I hear this all the time and I often ponder exactly what it means. And I try, oh so hard, to do just that. To recognize what is going on and to be fully aware of all the moments that make a day.
I recently started to take swimming lessons (see a previous post “I Swim Like a Manatee“) because I have always had great fear in the water. It has been going really well and I have a new found confidence when I enter the water. I have been gliding through the water, with perhaps not perfect strokes, but I get from one end of the pool to the other and it looks and feels pretty good.
The hardest part for me has always been turning my head and breathing. This is the first time that I have been able to accomplish this rhythmical coordination. That is until today. I think I started feeling a little cocky…yes…not confident…cocky.
Push off the pool…arms extended…flutter kick…turn head…breathe OUT…face back in the water….breathe IN!!! Noooooooo!
I inhaled a gallon of water deep into my lungs!! I coughed and hacked and spit up water for 10 minutes. My girlfriend (instructor) looked at me with a “what the heck happened” expression on her face. It only took a moment to realize what I had done…and I was never more sure of what being in the moment really means. It made me wonder how many moments go by in a day that could turn really bad if we are not fully present….?
My girlfriend suggested the backstroke and I knew what she was doing. She thought she wanted me to continue to swim and that it would be easier to do it without my face in the water…no chance to drink the pool. I did two laps of elementary backstroke, and then pushed off…arms extended…breathe OUT…turn head….breath IN. Yes!! At this stage in the game…I had to get back on the horse.
But I will always be in the moment when I swim…now I just have to work on the rest of the day!!