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SoCS: Way Down Below the Ocean


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:  “above/below.” Use one, use both, use ’em however they inspire you. Bonus points if you use them both. Enjoy!

The first thing I thought of was being under water. I love swimming under water in a pool with a mask so I can see the wavy lines of light. Swimming gave me great comfort in rough times. Last summer, remember when it was warm, I tried to teach my grand daughter to swim. She got really good at swimming UNDER the water, but has yet to trust the water to hold her up to swim above the water for more than a couple of strokes. She’ll get it though.

Once upon a time, I had a dream that I could swim under water and breathe under water, too. It was as natural as breathing above the water. Did you ever see the movie, The Shape of Water ? It’s one of my favorites. It’s a love story, AND it has a happy ending. It’s a strange movie. Intriguing. Some hard parts where I had to remind myself, “Its just a MOVIE.” But the ending is fascinating. Here’s the trailer:

The water creature is played by the same guy who plays the alien Saru in Star Trek Discovery, Doug Jones who is an actor, contortionist, and mime. Also staring in The Shape of Water, is Olivia Spencer who is in a lot of my favorite movies, like Hidden Figures, The Help, and she played God in The Shack. Sally Hawkins plays the main character who is mute. She did a good job.

Earlier in the stream, I thought of an old song by Donovan called “Atlantis,” because there’s the part that goes, “Way down below the ocean, where I wanna be, she may be….” or something like that.

I miss the beach and swimming. I was going to join the YMCA for the pool, but instead, joined a small, cozy gym and have been going to a personal trainer for the first time in my life. There’s a restorative yoga class there Saturday at 10 am which is why I’m going to maybe publish this post early. I am not a morning person. Maybe with the personal trainer and yoga and other classes which are part of “Silver Sneakers,” I’ll be ready to swim well by the time it gets warm enough to go in the ocean.

I took a scuba diving course in my twenties but didn’t follow up with it. Swimming under water with Scuba gear was the most wonderful feeling – like being on another planet. We ever saw a school of barracuda. I had to be in the water a lot because I get seasick on a rocking boat…. Maybe some day, I’ll go scuba diving again.

Before you watch this video of “Atlantis,” the song, imagine it’s warm.

Enjoy the mermaids!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

26 thoughts on “SoCS: Way Down Below the Ocean

  1. Good post, earning your bonus point. I taught myself to swim when I was 10. This was a necessity for me because we had to pass the 11+ exam to get to grammar school. This was known as passing the scholarship. And how was I to do that if I couldn’t swim. With that thought process it’s a wonder I passed 🙂

  2. I learned to swim in the ‘swimming holes’ of our frigid mountain creeks. I love swimming underwater, too. It is a different, quiet and peaceful world. Great job with the prompt.

  3. That looks like a great movie and I went with the Donovan song Atlantis today also.

  4. I loved The Shape of Water and it wasn’t until recently I realized the creature was Doug Jones. It’s hard to tell between the disguises of the movie and the TV show, but Jones is a very good actor.

    I used to swim laps at the local gym but gave up on it a few years ago. It was great aerobic exercise and easy on the joints. I suppose that yoga, biking and walking have taken its place, but I might go back to it some day. I hope you had a wonderful yoga practice, JoAnna, and a great weekend.

  5. Swimming comes close to the sense of flying. Freedom isn’t just a state of being, it has a physical sensation.

    • Yes! I agree about swimming being like flying. My husband loves to fly an does not like to swim. I LOVE swimming, but I’m afraid of heights. It’s a good thing there are so many ways to enjoy life and feel our freedom!

  6. It’s been years since I’ve been swimming in the ocean or pool. I found the Pacific waters off the coast of Southern California too cold, even in the summer. What a difference from the warm Atlantic waters washing the shores of Guyana and Northeast Brazil!
    Enjoy the sessions with your personal trainer and restorative yoga class 🙂

  7. I miss swimming. Need to get back out there again when it is safe to do so.

  8. I admire those that like to scuba dive. I would freak out and feel like I would need to resurface and take off the helmet. It feels too restrictive to me, but I admire those that have no issues. All the amazing things they can see. I’m fortunate that video has come such a long way that I can see amazing things on tv shows.

    My husband misses his daily swim in the ocean / body surfing with the dog in Newport Beach, CA. (Pacific – that is warm enough) We moved to Central Oregon, so we are a bit land-locked now and the Oregon Coast, Newport Coast, that portion of the Pacific is far too cold! He’d have to be in a wet suit and no one is in the water at all, with no life guards.

    Feel free to stop by and see my post on this challenge:

    • I don’t know anyone who has no issues. I am afraid of heights among other things. I’ve always wanted to visit Oregon – all those beautiful trees! Thanks for your comment and the link!

  9. Thank you for sharing!!.. if this ole raised on the prairie farm boy was meant to swim, I would have been born a fish.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Happy Valentines day and on this day, and every day..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

  10. I am sure you will go scuba diving once again 🙂

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