I spent a night recently at a hotel with really nice water facilities. These include waterslides (even some teeny tiny ones for very little people) and a nice simple pool, away from the waterslides and their excitement.
In days of yore, there would have been no question that I would want to go in a hotel pool. For this trip, I brought my bathing suit so that I would have the option. There was no certainty that I would actually immerse myself in water.
Before heading down to the quiet pool with my son, I had a lot of inner dialogue. And there was some outer dialogue. I considered sitting on the deck. I'm reasonably good at sitting. I considered the hot tub. Maybe I would plunk myself down in there. Hot tubs are said to be relaxing. I've never found this to be the case but I'd be willing to try again. I hummed, I hawed. And then I decided to wear my bathing suit under clothes "just in case." I was not ready to commit.
Once I arrived at the pool deck, things changed. I was in my bathing suit, I was at a lovely little pool and before I knew it, I was in the water and racing my son back and forth across the pool. Apparently, I swim reasonably well. That fact had kind of gotten lost over the years. Also lost was the fact, and I should have known this, that I love being in the water. It was great.
It would have been so easy not to go in the water. My husband never went in and he still enjoyed his weekend. But if I had not gone in, I would have missed out on a great experience. I would have missed out on letting my son see his mother have a lot of fun. Things would have been okay but a very good thing would not have happened. Because I stepped into the water, for whatever reason, a good thing did happen. I'm so glad I went in.
It's too easy to sit on the decks of life. Decks are okay. Pools are more fun though. Sometimes the best thing to do is to jump in and swim and splash and enjoy.
And for the record, I did not jump in. There was no jumping allowed and I don't know if I would have jumped anyways. Also, I did not dive. As I may have mentioned previously, due to a design flaw, I can't dive. I can still have a lot of fun swimming though. I'm glad I learned that again. I hope you have fun splashing around in all kinds of activities in your lives too. Come on in, the water's great!