The color, the sound, the feel. Water! It is my element. I love the ocean, rain, a sparkling pool. And while I’ve never over-hydrated, I love to drink water — plain or with a little lemon juice. After surgery last summer, I spent four days in hospital without showering. A huge thank you to the nurses who gave me sponge baths, but oh how I longed for a warm shower!
Long-time readers know that swimming makes me very happy. I am thrilled to report that I’m back in the pool this spring. The first date with chlorine went well; I swam a slow mile and still felt great for evening class. But the next day – I needed a little rest and relaxation! In spite of that setback I’ve kept returning to the pool. Now I manage a mile and can still stand the day after.
Do I swim as I did in college? Nope. But I enjoy it just as much, if not more. My heart thrums and my lungs expand as I reach and pull doing the crawl stroke. And the backstroke — Bliss. The backstroke was one of the first thing to go when Myasthenia Gravis first flared up. I couldn’t keep my head above water. My neck wouldn’t hold. It was like lifting a bowling ball with silly putty. I remember holding the edge of the pool at the deep end as I cried. Frustration, confusion and fear almost drowned me. I had no idea what was happening to my body. But now I glide through the aqua depths gazing at the clouds or squinting in the sun as I count off lap after lap on my back!
Swimming is part of my emotional hygiene, a baptism that washes away the dust of the ordinary and reminds me of the simple gifts I have right now: healing, recovery, buoyancy, movement.
I love water. I love taking pictures of water. What about you? What is your element? What brings you healing? Use Photo Voice to practice gratitude for this gift.
What is Photo Voice?
Photo Voice is a way to amplify and reflect on our very visual lives. And it’s simple:
- Look at your pictures. Those you have OR those you take today, this week. Make it super easy — I use my phone.
- Choose one: of your element, or that thing/activity/place that brings you healing.
- Print it out and paste it in a notebook. Or put it in a fresh google document. Or create a digital album.
- Write 3-4 sentences (or more!) about it: the story it makes you think of (or think up), or why you love it, what it means to you, the metaphor it holds.
- Share it. Use Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook (share with all your friends or just one), or keep it in your notebook to share with your future self.
Photo Voice is one way to access your creativity and through it your inner life. Creativity is the way we make (and find) meaning in life.
If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing – it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning.” ~ Brené Brown [emphasis mine]
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