The past year has been one of vast changes for me. Some have been beyond my control, like the death of my grandma. Others I have initiated, like my weight loss/exercise program. All of it reminds me of how people approach a pool that’s somewhat cold.
Now, I like to swim in water that is bathtub warm, but I love swimming so much, I’ll tolerate colder water, if it’s not too cold. I love to watch how people get into the cool water. Some very gradually get in the water, toe deep, ankle deep, knee deep, etc. Others jump right in. Me, I dip a toe into the water and determine whether it’s too cold to go in altogether. Then, I jump right in. The way I figure it, you’re in for a terrible, terrible shock at first, but you quickly get used to it and then have a lot more time to enjoy swimming around than the gradual folks do.
Major life changes are a lot like swimming, if you think about it. Sometimes you’re thrown in and don’t have a chance to decide, but a lot of changes are based on choice. While in swimming, I am a jumper-inner, in life, I tend to be more of a gradual type. It’s occurred to me that I need to be more like the way I swim. Jump right in, deal with the big shock, then enjoy the swimming. That’s how I’ve been trying to handle it lately.
What about you? Are you a jumper-inner or a gradual swimmer? What about in real life?