According to my memory, there was never (as a child) a lake that was too cold to run into, usually with gusto, about 10 steps, and then a horizontal dive under the cool cool water. The decision as a child was whether I wanted to go swimming, if I did, then I went.
Be like a child and dive in. As an adult now I consider too much, I analyze, I plan ahead, and even sometimes when I plunge headlong in to what I do, I am turning around and leaving much to soon to even fully enjoy the experience.
Two years ago I went with my son to Jewel lake, I had a fantastic time and I shared pictures here on my blog. It was sweet solitude, and literally the calls of the loon from dawn to dusk; I never tired of that song.
One of the sunny days I decided I wanted to try the lake, it was clear, and unpolluted; all I needed was the cajoles to get in. No one else was swimming, it was a fishing lake. I got changed into my swimsuit. I tried to talk my son into going with me; perhaps seeking reassurance regarding my desire to try the lake. One thing about me, I hate backing down once I decide something especially if I’m the one promoting the idea.
I climbed down the dock ladder into the cool lake, watching to see if my skin changed to blue, or my voice changed to soprano. Then the release, ka-sploosh! I was all the way in and it was definitely cool but I stayed close to the dock just in case my muscles locked up I know how cold water affects muscles from experience in a glacier lake. It was awesome but I only stayed in a few minutes and then clambered out. In retrospect I could have stayed in double the time but my adult mind overruled my child like enjoyment of a simple pleasure.
I understand that as adults we can’t stop our conscious decision making processes, but sometimes we’re not risking large sums of money, the decision is simply to enjoy or not to enjoy.
Whenever you can, enjoy. Enjoy like a child, run headlong towards fun, forget about adult restraint and composure, and have some undiluted childlike enjoyment, enJOYment isn’t just for kids, plunge in. Plunge in, and have no regrets.
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