I almost drowned, twice.
The first time I was under 10 years old. I wagered with myself how deep I could swim in the cloudy lake. I had to know if I could make it to the bottom.
My siblings surrounded me yet we’re focused on their own swimming quest.
My parents watched from the boat—the one we washed and waxed in preparation for the weekend lake-getaways.
I began my journey to the depths of the lake with each inch of water getting increasingly colder the deeper I reached.
By the time my fingers brushed the sandy bottom of the earth (I did it!) I had a rush of panic fill my body like a balloon because my body had run out of air. I rushed to the top of the water feeling like I could explode into a white light at any moment.
Then I found air.
I gasped, filling every corner of my lungs with plump, cool, fresh, life-giving air.
I can’t remember if anyone noticed that I almost drowned. I was too freaked out to make a scene. I was also the kind of kid that kept things easy for my parents.
The story of the second time I drowned will have to wait another day. Right now, it’s time for me to go to bed and get some rest for my 5K run.