I love water. It comforts me and makes me feel relaxed. I prefer lakes (I don’t know why though, I have never been to a lake before) over oceans but I’ll take whatever body of water you want to throw at me. I’m a Pisces through and through, so this really isn’t much of a shock.
I had a great childhood and for me, part of that is due to being exposed to water all the time. My parents belonged to “the club”, you know a country club with golfers and serious people dressed in polos and spiked saddle shoes with tassels. That club had a pool and I would get dropped off for the day to swim and chill.
Then my parents got a pool for our very own! Yeah it was an above-ground pool that was only 4ft deep and you couldn’t do laps but it was a POOL! And it was fun! And there was water!! We had the pool for several years before it become a bit too much to handle and it was sold to someone else. That was okay though because the dad of my best friend at the time had a pool and we would swim there a lot.
I also had to take swimming in high school and that was the only time I hated swimming. If you had swimming in the morning that meant you spent the rest of the day smelling like chlorine, being exhausted, and let’s not even mention the hair and make-up offenses.
Once out of high school my exposure to water became basically non-existent. I had a brief vacation to the beach the summer leading into my sophomore year of college and this was my first ever trip to the beach! Yes for real. My family didn’t do vacations and I didn’t live close to a beach by any means, therefore no exposure to beach life at all. Me and three of my close friends hit the beach and it was awesome. We had a blast and while I might not be in touch with those people anymore, I have those memories that will always put a smile on my face.
That was my last exposure to water. I haven’t swam since. That was 14 years ago.
Scott and I have never swam together or been in water together aside from a hot tub which I do not count. In fact there are a lot of things that Scott and I have never done as a couple but that is another post for another time.
Swimming only briefly crossed my mind at different periods of time but it wasn’t something I longed for. If I saw pictures of water scenes, it would cause me to exhale a deep sigh and long for such a view to call my own. The need to touch it and physically be there did not enter my thoughts.
I would hate to imagine that this was because I was unhappy with life during this time and with myself but I think that is exactly what it is related to. When we lived in North Carolina (yes and we never once went to the beach or islands. Crazy!) I was miserable. Literally miserable. I couldn’t find work and North Carolina life was not for us at all. At this point is when my weight really started to creep up and pile on. It had been accumulating before NC, but that was due to plain old overeating and nothing to do with stresses. North Carolina caused my weight to skyrocket.
North Carolina was miserable and to cope I cooked. This is how I filled the void. Not great healthy awesome stuff like now, but a lot of stuffs inspired by Paula Deen and that’s just not good for anyone’s waistline.
Flash forward to present day Andrea and her life. While I am not, career-wise, where I want to be, I am trying to strive to make changes in that direction. I am, however, a lot happier here. This is the longest Scott and I have ever lived in one place. Ohio is not our “forever home” but it’s home right now and will be for some time to come. We have put down roots and made connections here. We have friends and things we love to do. We have a home that we love and are trying to fix up.
We are a lot healthier now and just really happy with the moment.
This summer, at my healthiest and happiest, my desire for water has reawakened something fierce. It is all I think about and I all want. I want to swim and swim and swim. I want the rain to pour down over my face. I want to visit a lake and become reconnected with the earth and water again. I long for this. My desire to touch water and to swim is extremely strong and I feel like if I don’t acknowledge and honor that, I will be incomplete.
I’m not quite sure how to go about solving my new dilemma. Joining a gym really isn’t an expense I want to tack on each month but I would be willing to do it if I had someone to go with in the mornings (Scott).
What I really want is nature. I would love for us to be able to find a cabin to rent, pack up Rocks and the car and take a summer vacation. Someplace we can pack lunches and head to the water for the afternoon. Or go hiking and find a nice place for a cool dip. Someplace that is dog friendly and all required clothing should be able to air dry quickly.
Do you swim or even like the water? Do you prefer ocean or lake water? Do you take summer vacations?