It is my quiet place, and the last holdout in a world overrun by constant stimulation…
I have an ocean soul. Growing up with a fisherman father on an island in the middle of the world’s largest ocean, it didn’t occur to me that I should be any other way. But even with these influences, it wasn’t until my early 20s, when I started freediving, that I fully appreciated how the water changes us.
Did you know that the moment cool water touches your face, you heart rate drops drastically and immediately? Immersed in water, the blood automatically diverts away from your limbs and toward your vital organs. Our bodies can fill the tissues of our lungs with blood in order to protect them from, what should be, enough external pressure to crush them completely. It’s called the mammalian dive reflex. We all have it, whether we use it or not.
Freediving is an act of finding comfort in an inherently uncomfortable environment. I take heart in knowing, in some small way, our bodies were built for this. We may not always be aware of it, but we are strong and adaptable. Capable of depth as well as distances.
Being in the water and developing a relationship with the ocean has transformed my life, along with my body. It is my quiet place and the last holdout in a world overrun by computer screens and constant stimulation. So when I feel restless, I try to remember that my blood is composed of the same salinity of the sea. Perhaps it just wants to go home.
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