Friday, September 16, 2011

An elemental post - Water

When I posted about air the other day I realised that I'd probaly be able to work my way through the elements using holiday photos - holidays are quite elemental things, really.This post is also related to my resolution to enjoy life to the full. One of the things I first found myself really enjoying this year, for maybe the first time, was taking the boys to the swimming pool. I decided not to get stressed, not to get worried, not to get bored, and just enjoy it. Guess what - it was really enjoyable!

So I had an inkling that it might actually be possible to enjoy sea-bathing too, and I tried it out with rather more confidence than I have on previous holidays (the sea wasn't grey, except on the evening I took these photos). And - guess what? - it was fantastic! I wonder how up-tight I've been all these years, not to enjoy such a full-on elemental experience? (Ben need not reply. I know the answer, really...)

Since I was driving the Car Without Airconditioning today (33° inside and out), I leapt into our little pool as soon as I came home. Once again, relax and enjoy the moment...

Note to self: This principle probably works throughout life, not just with regard to water...

9 comments:

Sherri B. said...

How lovely that you can swim in your sea. In the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon and Washington coast, it is very, very cold..bone aching cold, wet suits only! - Have a wonderful weekend. xo

Jane and Chris said...

It's amazing what we can discover if we dare to step out of our comfort zone once in a while.
Jane x

wendz said...

I love swimming in the sea. I can spend a long time in the water because it just feels so so so good. Liberating and relaxing and exhilirating all at once. We had very few days for sea swimming this summer which was utterly disappointing.

Plus towards the end of the hols I got a bee in my bonnet about sharks - even though the hubby fell over laughing at the idea of a shark in the English Channel.

But there had been a few shark attacks in other waters and then some know-it-all scientist, or something, said it was possible to find a Great White in English waters and after that I flipped. I did go into the sea but was tense and miserable and couldn't enjoy it. Such a shame.

polkadotpeticoat said...

Our oldest jumped into our neighbors lake yesterday with his friends ...the wind was blowing and it was 50 degrees. they were crazy I thought!

Grateful4Crochet said...

I love swimming in the ocean- you're right about how elemental and relaxing it is!
Beautiful photo, and love you resolution!

Betty The Wood Fairy said...

I learned to swim in the sea as a child and get withdrawal symptoms if I don't visit the sea at least once every 6 weeks! How good that you are enjoying the moment- this is what comes I expect with having boys growing up fast - we start to let go a little ... I am doing the same.

Kit said...

Love this post! You are so right. Today I resolve to enjoy every moment. From the clouds against the blue sky to the taste of my morning tea. Have a great day! Kit

helen tilston said...

A wonderful post and you are so right to just go with the flow,so to speak, whether it be the flow of the ocean, the swimming pool or just not objecting before trying something.
It is a good reminder - thank you.
Helen xx

sarah-jane down the lane said...

sea swimming is the best! especially at this time of year, I love your mantra of living to the full, it's good to remember that sometimes,

Sarah x