why i swim - Lowri Morris
This sense of self turned me inside out. During a battle with Lymes disease treatments and de-habilitating chronic fatigue I took my own control over work, my diet and exercise routine. The slow experience of self healing made me become more patient and kind. I was able to see myself. My reflection in the water became brilliant and it is beautiful.Gaining control of my physical and mental health gave me the guts to spew out my insides. To slap them on the table to assess clearly what was important and what was not. I turned my life upside down. I had the courage to leave a complex longstanding marriage . I embraced my truth and my queer orientation and I fell in love. Deep, shining love like the water. It is bottomless, it reflects magical light and its been there forever, you just have to look for it.
My transformation is is also down to my connection with some exceptional adventures. Meeting friends, who are also hell bent on a swim, no matter what the elements, is vital to keeping going. It’s not a support group, it’s just safer and the key is no- one leans in too much. We all feel the same and are all responsible for ourselves.
Our antics have taken me back by years, to an ageless time. I can transport back to front and regress to the age of about 17 or even 7. Its like playing out with your best and naughtiest friends. Last of the summer wine meets Huckleberry Finn. I still have bad days but they pass like a nice long wee in the water. The cold water is a welcome slap in the face; the warm drink after is a reminder that we came overcome.
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