Sunday, 19 January 2014

Man in Black

A woman came into the pool today wearing all pink: pink cap, pink googles, pink swimming costume and pink flip-flops.

It was by no means the strangest swimming outfit I have seen. People come to the swimming pool dressed in all sorts! Young girls in flowery bikinis and young guys in long flowery bermuda shorts. Women who cover up for religious reasons and others who wear costumes with long sleeves or skirts attached for seemingly unknown - at least to me - reasons. Only the other day I saw a middle aged man in tight, white, tiny speedos that left very little to the imagination and while we're at it, let's not forget the odd gym monkey who attempts to get into the pool, "fresh" from the gym wearing his sweaty boxer shorts (this is a definite no guys!)

But to me the 'Woman in Pink' appeared to be making more of a statement than the others (maybe even more so than Mr White Speedos). At least that's how it seemed to me. & I'm not too sure what her statement was. Maybe it was simply that she really, really likes pink (and that it is ok for adults - as well as children - to dress from head to toe in princess pink)? But whatever her statement and whatever her reasons for dressing up like a big pink blancmange, seeing her got me thinking about what I wear while I swim and whether or not I'm making a statement with how I dress (& what that statement might be).

While swimming I wear all black: black cap, black googles, black trunks and black shorts on top. I'm like the Johnny Cash of the swimming pool. Not necessarily - like the 'Man in Black' himself - because "I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, / Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town, / I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, / But is there because he's a victim of the times". But simply because my all black, simple attire makes me feel and hopefully look like I'm taking it seriously. That I'm not just there to splash about - in a flashy outfit - for a few laps and get out, but to put some serious hard work in!

So if there is a statement that I'm trying to make by the way I dress at the pool? I suppose that it is: "I am here to swim - really swim - so get out of my way (fools)" haha

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