Yesterday I went swimming.
Yesterday I went swimming for the first time since our Princess Cruise to the Mexican Rivera last March.
Last March 18 I made the goal to go swimming onboard the ship.
Last March from the moment I ducked my head under the water and pushed away from the prickly concrete side I felt a big part of me swish to life.
Last March submerged in the Neptune Pool I decided swimming needs to be a permanent fixture in my life. I missed it. I knew it. It was time to bring it back to me.
When the community pool at home opened less than two months later, I quivered wet and cold with fear over the thought of keeping that promise to myself.
I shivered for exactly 444 days.
Yesterday I was no long afraid.
Okay, I was sick and tired of being afraid. There is a difference and I need to make sure I properly acknowledge it.
So yesterday I went swimming for the first time in exactly 444 days.
A curious thing happened. As my flip flops were clip clopping closer to the water’s edge I realized I had precisely zero fucks to give about what anyone thought of me or my body.
Yesterday as my body made the transition from land to water I felt the same swish of me returning to me the moment I was free of the ladder.
Yesterday I even laid out in the sun. Twice. Let me assure my milky white legs desperately needed to see the sun but my soul needed to be one with its light and warmth.
And one I was.
I remembered who I am. Again.
The me I was before I wasn’t was a fish.
The me I was before I wasn’t actually looked forward to a new swimsuit each year.
The me I was before I wasn’t actually spent so much time in the sun I had body tan lines the year I picked the multi-color and white striped suit. (Who knew you can tan through the white stripes on your swimsuit? Surely not the diagonally stripped me that was.)
Today, I guess I could beat myself up for letting go of the me who was before I wasn’t or for holding her back another 444 days.
But, I’m not.
Today, I can’t wait to go swimming again.
I am a fish and I am glad I remembered. Again. After 444 days.