Here's why I am enjoying swimming more this year. My typical swimming experience is as follows. Go to the pool enjoy the water. Get out. Slather on sun block so that I don't burn my fare fare skin. Worry about this for the duration I am out of the pool. Get back in the pool, washing off all sunblock. Repeat.
I have finally outsmarted this with a simple too. The t-shirt. For some reason, I have always felt I needed to be shirtless poolside. Like the cumulative 5 hours I was going to spend sunbathing on pool days in the summer was going to somehow address the farmers tan I have every year - despite the fact I was slathering on said sunblock. How dumb.
This feels exactly like when I figured out that I could finally enjoy Thanksgiving dinner by mashing all the food together. There was nothing that said I had to enjoy the turkey by itself. Yet every year I would eat all the food by itself, loving the potatoes and dressing, and hating the turkey. Then one year I blended it all up. Eureka. I suddenly got the appeal of Thanksgiving. Even turkey can be enjoyed in that format.
So back to swimming. Now that I have figured out the shirt thing, days at the pool are much less stressful. Having already hit the age of not giving a shit what I look like with my shirt off, I have come to realize that I also don't care what I look like with my shirt on, at a pool full of shirtless wonders. And most importantly, the sun burn issue is finally a non-factor.
I would also like to end this with a little something my coworker Erin said this summer. It's very true. It sounds like something a grandparent or parent told her, but she says she just made it up.
"No matter how you look at a pool, there is always someone who looks worse than you."
I have checked. And this is very true.