Starting the new year with an all clear bill of health, and a personal goal of rebuilding strength and resilience, I joined the YMCA. Not wanting to go overboard or over tax my system, and keeping in mind personal motivation (kind of low), I chose to start with Water Volleyball for several reasons.
Reasons to play Water Volleyball
- In a group
- Good-natured competition
- In the water!
- available 4 times a week
- can go as I can – no obligation to go every time
- Mid morning time
- No pressure to over-perform or strain myself
Unexpected reasons to play Water Volleyball
- It’s a lot of fun
- People there have been really nice
- I can swim laps before and after if I feel up to it
- Swimming is beautiful
- There’s a steam room for if I get too cold!
- Camaraderie – we all are playing from right where’re at and the water levels the playing field
- Laughter – a lot of silly things happen during water volleyball
- High fives, good jobs, and it’s okays
Swimming Laps Wendy-style
I’m not the best swimmer when it comes to swimming strokes, freestyle or other fancy swimming. Having done most of my swimming in lakes and pools for fun, I am a strong swimmer (when I’m in shape) and can tread water for a long time, float, and swim. So, when I decided to warm-up for water volleyball by swimming in an open lap lane…my swimming style may be unusual, perhaps. I don’t mind. If no one is waiting to swim a fast lap, who cares if I float down the lane on my back half-way, and then spin and dive under water for a long breath? I even mostly stay in my lane.
The important thing, for me, is that I am moving my whole body in the luxurious water and I can feel myself getting stronger, and more supple. The water volleyball has really helped raise my energy, and lap swimming is good exercise, even if I’m kind of slow and meander in my lane. I’ll get stronger and faster if I keep swimming.
With all of the wonderful snow we’ve gotten this year, I’ve had a bunch of snow to shovel. And I’ve shoveled snow and ice for long periods of time, and I only got a little sore. Our driveway usually gets plowed, but if the weather warms up and we’re due for some melting, the ice/snow needs to be removed from the drain in the driveway or our garage could flood. What I found was that shoveling that ice off the driveway was rewarding – it reminded me of farm work. I reveled in the fact that my body could now do this kind of work.
On the Horizon
I still don’t have a crystal clear direction, and I am more content to just let life unfold for awhile and see what presents itself. This way, I am free to try new experiences, and to be open to what’s in front of me.