My swims across the seas have been very primal and transformative experiences. Each adventure has granted me the opportunity to access parts of my Self that I was unaware existed. My soul has since deepened and expanded. Filled with a deep sense of purpose and understanding of my emotions, I can now access feelings that were perhaps less expressed before. Fortified with an authenticity and awareness of my Self, these blessings are tucked away like life preservers, saved for emergencies.
And that emergency comes sooner than you think and before you are ever fully prepared.
Unexpected and jarring, these are pivotal moments in our lives. And even in their most traumatic form, through the exhaustion and distress comes a sense of calm. They are lessons and challenges, testing our resolve, love, strength and values. And when each of these teachings is distilled, what we are left with is the essence of Self; a reminder of who you are, where you come from, and what, in the end, matters most.
This is slack tide. That moment of poise between the ebb and flow of life that provides each of us with a unique opportunity to appreciate life.
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” — Frederick Buechner