When I was 5 years old I went to a water park with my older brother and because I have always been fascinated by people and water I followed an older girl, whom I befriended, down a big slide. I didn’t know how to swim at the time but for some reason I still thought it would be okay. Well, it wasn’t okay and I almost drowned. I remember being under water so vividly.
You’d think that after that traumatic experience I would be afraid of water but even after that event I continue to be fascinated by water and I literally cannot describe how much I love to swim. There is something so fascinating and overwhelmingly powerful about water. I have always lived near an ocean and I feel lucky that we live in Rhode Island with some of the most scenic beaches the country has to offer.
This past January when I went to Italy, I had the pleasure of taking a drive to Venice. And let me tell you, as someone who loves water and being surrounded by water, Venice was heaven. I loved the brick streets, alleyways, and bridges. The gondola’s surround the city everywhere you look and there are restaurants that you can duck into and spend hours upon hours looking into the city.
That ‘enveloping‘ feeling if it was a place, it would be Venice. I want to go back to Venice and spend months living in a tiny apartment, write about my experiences and walk everywhere.
You know, having almost drowned at a young age, it seems like a metaphor to me now. Sometimes life does this to us, we bite off more than we can chew but if you surround yourself with amazing people they are the ones that will get you out of the water when you feel like you’re drowning.