Sometimes, all you can do is laugh. This morning a woman in a water aerobics class started screeching at me for “splashing too much”as I did laps in the lane next to the class.
I didn’t understand what the problem was until the life guard approached me, embarrassed, and told me the woman was upset by my swimming. “I don’t understand,” I said. “If she wants me to switch lanes, I have no problem but how am I to swim without splashing?”
Lady, if you’re going to get into a swimming pool, chances are you’re going to get wet!
I switched lanes. The lady continued to scowled. The man in my new lane smiled. I smiled back. Because you’ve got to keep a sense of humor.
When people are that angry you almost have to feel sorry for them.
The woman didn’t understand that I’d just received a string of bad news and that I’d come to the pool to try and feel better. It didn’t matter. As I get older I just can’t be bothered anymore with bs – my own or other people’s. When I’m embroiled in my own, I have to shake myself and say, “Stop it! You’re driving even me out of my mind.” Because none of us knows how much time we have on this planet and I want to enjoy as much of it as I can.
Here is the thing. We are going to get splashed. We are going to get our hair messed up.
Why be alive, why sit by the pool, if you’re not going to get in it?
Source: Lise’s Letters
Lady, You’re Gonna Get Wet!