I cannot swim. It's something I've always wanted to learn, and so I decided to do something about it. Step one was a verbal declaration… wrong move!
I recall the first time I voiced this desire. Reaction to my news was varied. There was the typical raised eye-brows and other unreadable forms of body language. A sign of things to come…
The verbal responses yielded an array of interesting, mainly 2-word phrases, which I have translated for my readers. This was accompanied by interesting facial expressions and mixed voice tones.
LISTENER NO. 1
Now I wondered if the two words indicated a loss for words…
A look of utter confusion followed the words. Like, duh-uh, why so late in your life? Well, I wasn't aware of a specific time-frame to learn specific things – excuse me for being so stupid!
TRANSLATED: Are you feeling okay?
(Am I feeling okay? I was just about to ask you the same thing…)
LISTENER NO. 2
Very cautiously. Bland facial expression.
Nice. Nice? Nice! Mrs. Smith, the kindergarten teacher who lives down the road, is nice. Tea, is nice. That yellow dress you are wearing, is nice. (Remember that TV advert? Comprehendo? Exactly!)
TRANSLATED: I'm not so sure but I hope it works out for you…
(Read. My. Lips: So do I… so do I…)
LISTENER NO. 3
Smirk. In a nasty, you-were-always-a-dry-stick-sort-of-way.
Why not now? Answer me that.
TRANSLATED: Where were you when every teenager was going to the pool every summer?
I was at home, dudette. Reading up a storm. Preparing for the day I would write this blog that you are now reading (with such excitement, may I add… I can blog and swim, you can ONLY swim – so there! Eat your heart out Miss High-School-Freestyle-Champion-Swimmer!)
And so my lessons began. I was nervous at first (actually an understatement ). I was tense. AND traumatized. The idea of putting my head under water (and keeping it there), was terrifying!
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Tomorrow is International Be Positive Day. So I'm including my contribution in this post. For more info go HERE
So here are some positivity quotes.
In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision – Dalai Lama
You can't make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable – Deepak Chopra
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be – Khalil Gibran
When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple – Paulo Coelho
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results – Wade Boggs
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go." – Maya Angelou
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared – Buddha
So go on… spread some love & happiness!