I swim a mile each time I go to my local pool. That’s 28 laps. One lap is two lengths of the pool.
I swim more for my mental health than physical health. Swimming provides a place for me to clear my mind and process my thoughts.
Take a peek into Jo’s mind during a pool swim. Here’s what I think about during each lap (G-rated version):
#1: Ahhh, the water! No cell phone zone. All is okay in the universe.
#2: Focus on breathing. Focus on my freestyle stroke. Mind that elbow.
#3: I’m tired. How many more laps do I have to swim?
#4: Okay, refocus. Let me use this time to pray. “God, I’m stressed about…”
#5: WAIT, do I see a man in scuba gear?! This local pool sure has characters.
#7: This guy with the yellow cap keeps passing me up. His form is on point.
#8: Okay, back to praying. “God, you know I’ve been thinking about…”
#9: BAUGH, BAD FLIP TURN! Water is my nose!!!
#11. That’s the second time yellow cap guy passed me. Do I swim that slow?
#12: I have to respond to that work email. Reach out for that partnership.
#13: Prep for the phone call. Work with the designer. Prioritize, Jo. Pray.
#14: Wow, that swimmer has really nice abs. Oh, he’s the Australian guy.
#15: Cheers, mate. And I’ll do a plank later. Oh, there’s my friend Catherine!
#16: My swim cap is falling off. I have too much hair.
#17: Why am I here? What’s my purpose? Am I fulfilling my calling on earth?
#18: What should I eat for breakfast? I have two eggs left in the fridge.
#19: How many laps have I swam?
#19: Am I on lap 19 or 20? I’ll go with 19 to be safe.
#20: I’m in the 20’s! Nearing the end.
#21: I’ve been doing freestyle most of this time. Let me change it up.
#22: Never mind, my breaststroke is way too slow.
#23: That person’s form is really funky. Do I too look like a flailing fish?
#25: Ugh, I hate shopping. I hate consumerism. Let me move to Amish land.
#26: Two laps left! Let me push myself!
#27: Eh, or not. Take it easy. Cool down. That’s what pros do. I think.
#28: LAST LAP! Wahoo! Best part of the workout. Yes, I’m DONE. Swimming is great; I feel so much better! This is like a therapy session for me!
And that, my friends, is how endorphins work.