|Redondo Beach Pier at sunset, WA. Copyright www.amandacastleman.com.|
It felt like the first time.
My body protested as I sausaged into a 7/7mm wetsuit, draped myself in weights and waddled into the water. I could only see about five feet, thanks to the tide churning up sand. The cold water triggered an immediate ice-cream headache.
Then I noticed a little perch ogling me around a piling. Val pointed out some red rock crabs and an egg-yolk jellyfish, its golden tentacles pulsing. And, for a moment, I forgot all the anxiety and insecurity and just breathed deep. Yes... this. I love this. How had I forgotten?
Injuries, illness and the distractions of daily life had swept me away from the sea.
But I'm back in the swim, at last.