I wanted to share with you how I experience life on the boat and live in the water and why they are different for me. I reflected on those differences on day 49, here was my blog entry.
My perspective of the ocean is totally different from the deck of the boat or in the water. In the water my entire body experiences the ocean, I don’t feel the gravity. If I am standing, seating, lying face down or up, I feel the same pressure all over, even if I am upside down, my blood does not rush to my head. The water envelopes me uniformly.
On the boat I am the victim of the forces of the ocean, I indirectly experience its motion. The boat transfers its force and I am being thrown, sometimes with violence, against the hard surface of the boat. Each violent blow reminds me that I don’t belong there. From the boat deck, I am limited to what I see on the surface of the water.
But in the water I am moving with the ocean and experiencing its true motion, I become a part of it. I have a 360-degree view, I feel it, I taste it, and share the same space with the creatures that inhabit it.
I have a unique view of the ocean because of the unique situation I am in; when I spot a floating piece of plastic from the deck boat, it seems out of place, but it is a distress call each time I pass one when I swim. And this happens many times throughout my day!