Saturday, January 05, 2008
Water, Water Everywhere
We are in the middle of a series of storms here which promise to give us about a week of heavy rain and scary wind. Yesterday Lisa and I awoke to a deluge outside, rain coming down in buckets— most of it going sideways at 45 miles an hour. So naturally, I decided to go swimming.
The pool at the YMCA has become like a second home to me. For an hour and a half, three or four days a week I can leave gravity behind: float, walk, swim and feel capable and confident. I've recently discovered the importance of having a physical activity I do well and feel good about. The water is a great equalizer. I can forget all about the things I can't do while on dry land.
I've found no other activity, even cycling, from which I can get an aerobic workout. I've likewise found no other activity which can relieve my muscular spasticity. I always leave there feeling hopeful, exhilarated and completely exhausted.
Now I just wish I could feel as positive about this rain.