Water... the power of water to heal, to help, perchance to bathe... I have yet to continue a dark mood once having entered the water and soothed my soul. Sound travels 4.5 times faster in the medium of water than air. We are approximately 80% water in body content. The addition of a pod of mammals (like ourselves) squeaking and chirping and slowing down to engage in communication with us slow swimmers is nothing short of miraculous. Besides, it tickles my heart.
I wouldn't trade laughing with a snorkel on for anything. It actually helped me realize I wasn't going to lose control and be engulfed in water any second. It made me appreciate that I was able to and willing to swim alone, yet with other people around me. As soon as there were dolphins around, I completely forgot my concerns and could have been 5 or 55 years old. It didn't matter. I was swimming and watching them swimming upside down beside me (my favorite ) and leaping in unison together out of the water. I was doing what crazy people do. I was singing to myself and laughing out loud. I felt connected to the sun on my back, the air, the leaves floating through the water. Everything. Somehow there is a connection to remembering why being in a human body is a gift, and laughing, playing a leaf game with a dolphin , hearing my own breathing and feeling the vibration in my chest from humming like a foghorn into my snorkel allows me to be that forgotten part. Childlike, not childish. That part that fills with crocodile tears because I get wet, and I get happy.