Thursday, I went to the Middleton Pool for some sunshine and reading time. I was happy to spend some time alone and getting some reading done. Plus, I needed some time to reflect on my life. So, off to the pool I went.
For the first hour or so, I was listening to some Podcasts, watching children participating in an Easter Egg hunt in the pool, and attempting to leaf through a few pages of my book. (For those interested, I am slogging through How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer.) After being at the pool for an hour, it was finally time for adult swim.
Now, for those who have never experienced adult swim, it is a magical time. All of the children MUST exit the pool for ten minutes. Glory exists when there is no line for the water slide, no splashing in the deeper end of the pool, and no screaming from gleeful children. It is pure magic.
I hopped into the pool during adult swim to dunk my head underwater. At that time, I realized there were no children going down the slide. I hopped up the stairs, got the go ahead from the lifeguard, and flew down the chute. Then, I repeated that again twice. I was loving life; bounding down the water slides.
When I was finished with the slides, I realized I only had a few more moments of child-free adult swim time. I decided I needed to take the plunge and jump off of the diving board.
Now, I must confess. I cannot remember the last time I jumped off of a diving board. My best guess is sometime in elementary school either in swimming lessons or at a friend’s birthday party. Honestly, fourth grade is the last time I remember swimming at the Shawano Recreation Center, so that is the best guess of the last time I was jumping off of a diving board. So, again, this was fifteen years ago.
I mustered up some moxie, climbed up the small ladder, and reached the end of the diving board. I took a few quick bounces, plugged my nose, and jumped in. It was not a graceful jump whatsoever. But, I just took the opportunity to jump and went with it.
Of course, I’m thinking of how this is a metaphor for my life. I need to stop thinking and letting my mind talk me out of opportunities and just go. I need to start thinking about now and the immediate future instead of three years down the road. It is a definite paradigm change I need to make in myself and it is something that I am going to be working on. But, I can do it. I know I can.
The summertime glory of the Middleton Pool.