It's been seven months of hard work but things are finally falling into place. A big thank you to Jessica Bowen who has helped me launch a swim school at the North Hills Fitness Connection! We are taking reservations for groups and private lessons, Mommy and Me classes and summer swim league prep classes.
Just celebrated another year of life surrounded by great friends and super family members. How fortunate we are to have our health and the love of others. Others in my circle are facing death of a loved one and I am reminded of the poem given to me by Hospice when my father died.
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”
And that is dying.
-Henry Van Dyke
Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts
Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
How big is the problem?
From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments (EDs) require hospitalization or transfer for further care (compared with a hospitalization rate of about 6% for all unintentional injuries).
These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
Who is most at risk?
Males: Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.
Children: Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning. Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects). Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.
Minorities: Between 2005 and 2009, the fatal unintentional drowning rate for African Americans was significantly higher than that of whites across all ages. The disparity is widest among children 5-14 years old. The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is almost three times that of white children in the same age range. The disparity is most pronounced in swimming pools; African American children 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of whites. This disparity is greatest among those 11-12 years where African Americans drown in swimming pools at rates 10 times those of whites.
Factors such as access to swimming pools, the desire or lack of desire to learn how to swim, and choosing water-related recreational activities may contribute to the racial differences in drowning rates. Available rates are based on population, not on participation. If rates could be determined by actual participation in water-related activities, the disparity in minorities’ drowning rates compared to whites would be much greater.
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Well, I didn't expect the transition from one job to another to be as unsettling as it has been. I have had the exact same schedule every week for the last ten years and came to rely on the regularity. It will take time to find my equilibrium but I know it will come. Equilibrium is so much easier in the water....floating on top or under the water....letting the water support you. The water has been my friend throughout my synchronized swimming career and for the last 7 years of teaching swim lessons. If I "Let go and let God" I will stay afloat. Panic leads to sinking. Trusting the water to support me financially is my ultimate goal.
I finally let go of my steady, familiar trapeze and am swinging through mid air for the next few weeks until I catch hold of my new trapeze. Many thanks to all of the families that I know are out there rooting for me and holding an imaginary net. If you haven't listened to Fran McKendree's song about the transitions in life please do so! Click here for a link to his page and song. I've secured two pools with the possibility of two more as well as one other instructor.
Special thanks to my husband Jim, who is supporting me 150% and cheering me on!
As I develop this business and dream of things to come I am reminded of the "spiritual lessons of backstroke" that spontaneously came upon me as I was teaching. One day I reminded the children to "look up to float or look at your toes and sink" and I realized that looking to the sky/higher power/God allows one to relax and float successfully. Looking at one's feet or belly button will cause us to sink. As I take this leap of faith, leaving a comfortable job and steady pay, I will remember to keep my head up, look for the sky and keep kicking! As Dora (the fish in Nemo) sings, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...." and the rest will take care of itself.