watching people swim

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Their strokes are long and loping,

Pulling through, towards the edge of pools,

Hypnotizing in their steady beat.

I sometimes need that sound to block

Infernal voices in my head, and then

There’s always such a dazzling blue

As chlorine fumes will scratch away the dirt

And eyes are rested by the turquoise hue.

I have started my Christmas break and I have to admit that I have been feeling a bit unsettled. I guess it’s pretty normal to feel a bit anxious and scratchy when you suddenly slam the brakes on. Life is normally so fast and letting that go can make you feel a little unsettled.

However, I have found over this weekend that watching swimming vlogs has really calmed me. I was a swimmer as a kid and so the sounds and the sights are really calming to me. They take me back to a simpler time in my life.

I have literally watched hours of these YouTube videos, immersing myself into that world that brought me so much comfort for so many years. I’m sure everyone has a safe place where just the sounds of it make you feel protected.

It has made me think that I need to start swimming again. I miss just putting my head under the water and feeling like I’m flying for just a few hours. It’s the ultimate form of escapism when life feels a bit overwhelming.

Much Love

Rachel xx

2 thoughts on “watching people swim

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I’m glad you’ve found a way to keep yourself calm and rested, Rachel. I think it’s so important to use break time that way – as a way to re-charge. You can’t do that if you feel unsettled. And there is something peaceful and rhythmic about swimming; I can see how it would appeal to you.

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