A Nonexhaustive List of Things I Do in the Pool at the Gym (138 Words)

1. Hang off the side of the pool and pretend I’m a bat.

3. Float.

4. Duck, airplane, soldier. 

5. Sort out all of my problems. 

6. Invent new problems that need to be sorted out.

7. Breathe in, breathe out. 

8. Blow bubbles. 

9. Walk from one end of the pool to the other, listening to the sounds of the water. 

10. Watch the clock. 

11. Let time melt away. 

12. Flip around in circles and pretend I’m a dolphin 

13. Water yoga. Not sure if it’s a thing or if I made it up. 

14. Write poems and edit papers. 

15. Talk to myself. 

16. Talk to you. 

17. Wonder what went wrong. 

18. Let it go. 

19. Imagine a better world. 

20. Grieve the one we’re in.

21. Remember things. 

22. Forget things. 

23. Swim.

#WritersWrite and I write almost every day. I sometimes share my thoughts publicly in this series called “500 Words or Less” This practice allows me to explore a variety of different topics in a restrained/contained way and learn what resonates with people. I wrote it, not AI. If you share, please give proper credit. © Traci Smith, 2023. All Rights Reserved.

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