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Have you ever swum in the ocean where it’s just a little too deep or there’s a little rip tide, and you’re a little too tired, and you try to keep up, but you just can’t, and finally you lean back and realize that you can just float?

That’s me. That’s what I’ve been doing lately.

I spent my first 18 months in San Diego paddling for dear life, feeling like I was getting nowhere. And finally, in November, I tilted my head back and started to float.

What a difference it makes to float! Why did I resist it for so long? I suppose it felt too passive, too inactive. And yet, I forgot that floating engaged your core. I forgot that it lifts you and soothes you, but that you still have to actively participate. And I’m not working so damn hard to stay above water.

And I guess it feels a bit like I could actually start paddling again, but maybe not straight against the tide. Maybe sideways.

So, here’s to paddling sideways, and maybe floating a little more. After all, the water’s fine.

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