With you Rachel

The water in the creek is often surprisingly warm. After the first shock, it is easy to stay in. It is perhaps thirty metres long and I swim fast and methodically up and down. I don’t like to talk or mess around when I’m swimming; or it might be more accurate to say that I can’t imagine being able to mess around, can’t imagine being free from my own rules and ambitions, and more accurate still to say that I’m frightened of what might happen if I were. Instead I set myself a target and count the lengths. My husband dives in and swims for a little while, slowly, without particular direction. Then he turns over and lies on his back and floats, looking at the sky.

~ Rachel Cusk, in Coventry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux. September 16, 2019)


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Comments

  1. different approaches to life. I’m in the ‘just float’ camp.

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  2. With ya, pal. I tend to be an ‘eye on the prize’ sorta gal, too…

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  3. I’m definitely on my back floating – I never get where I thought I was going to go anyway (and where I end up is invariably more than a-ok)

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  4. Guess my camp and I tell you if you’re right!

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  5. I find it comforting to know there are people like this out there.

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  6. Rachel, you do some beautifully painted writing!

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  7. I should not have read this so early in the morning — nor the comments. Everyone is so ‘with’ the swimming metaphor but me…I’m usually no where NEAR the water. Don’t worry. I’ll eventually get into the water…

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    • Claudia; don’t feel bad please. Hero Husband has grown up next to a very large lake (Léman, Switzerland), nearly drowned twice (once pushed by a friend, and once he fainted, wd you believe it) and what did I do when he visited at Lake Zurich? Right, I pushed him from a low stone wall into the lake and nearly drowned again….. So, just go slowly in, put the water on and over your body, take a deep breath and dip in – and FLOAT! gOOD LUCK!

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    • Laughing. With your toe anyway.

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Swimming … ‘ I don’t like to talk or mess around when I’m swimming; or it might be more accurate to say that I can’t imagine being able to mess around, can’t imagine being free from my own rules and ambitions, and more accurate still to say that I’m frightened of what might happen if I were. Instead I set myself a target and count the lengths.’ … Rachel Cusk, in Coventry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux. September 16, 2019).

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  9. I am, unfortunately, or not, definitely a floater. Though I prefer to call it a go-with-the-flow rather than a floater 😉

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  10. floating and enjoying life sounds nice

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  11. I’d have my stopwatch and heart rate monitor going…

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