“Is it cold?”
I look up into the smiling face of a woman wearing a beige coloured swimming cap
I lift my foggy goggles and realise that no, in fact, she wears no cap
She is bald
The words pop into my head and
Suddenly my own rubber cap
Bright purple and wet
Seems like a blessing
I remember the question and reply
Face now wreathed in smiles
“Yes! It is but it’s bracing”
She enters the water on a sucked in breath
I kick off to swim
Thinking “I am so lucky to do this”
In the next lane the woman also churns water
“I am so lucky to do this”
And the lane ropes divide us, fate as well
A million things to die from
And for this reminder
And this God given moment
I am truly grateful
13 thoughts on “Swapping hats with strangers”
One of those little taps from the universe reminders Yassy.
Such a touching and relevant reminder.
Thanks, it hit me like a train because prior to that little meeting my head had been stressing out about jobs I had to get through for the day. It put me in my place.
Perspective is everything. I constantly have to challenge and change mine.
I love a good shift in perspective, it really moves me into a new space in my mind. It can be quite startling, perhaps it’s a little masochistic but I do like to be found utterly wrong on a subject – it’s like a door to a new world opens.
Yes, humbling and illuminating at the same time.
So true and beautiful.
Thanks for reading Martha
Kate, this is beautiful. It brought a tear to my eye. 💕 I had a similar experience that jolted my soul. You have such a wonderful way with words. 💚
Thanks Karla, life is poetry, just as it is sometimes. A recount in those circumstances is easy. There may not be rhyme all the time but the reason soon becomes apparent. You have a lovely way with words as well, I love your posts 💕
You’re welcome my friend. And thank you, too. I’m so glad to have found you in this space. You’ve been an inspiration from the start. 💕