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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Reflections off the Water

George Bovell III

Have you ever noticed that sometimes life goes in circles, taking you right back to the same place you were years before, and again doing the same familiar things? 

This past week I was back over in Qatar and Dubai, embroiled in the usual struggle and for the most part with a routine of doing almost exactly the same thing as the previous visits.

The sentiments of this familiar and vivid deja vu felt as if time and space were just illusory and had me wondering if all the life lived in-between visits had ever been real at all. 

In all major sports, and swimming is no different, many of the most prestigious competitions are held in the same places year after year; Wimbledon for tennis, The Masters for Golf, the Monaco Grand Prix for car racing and the FINA World Cup for swimming, to name a few.

For the competitors involved these events become like months in their calendar, revisited year after, marking the passing of time.

Round and round we go, back here again, year after year. However, is it really the same competition and are we still the same person? They say we can never step in the same river twice.

My journey may take me back to the same place again, but I envision it as an ascending spiral; going up and around, gaining experience, awareness and operating simultaneously on more levels with additional upward spiral.

On returning to my cool, dark hotel room, I unpacked my bags from the competition and hung up my swimsuits to dry. Still in my tracksuit with my body exhausted, but my mind still racing and sharp from earlier espressos, I replayed the events from the evening’s competition in my mind.

Perhaps it was the juxtaposition of the energetic kids playing annoyingly in the elevator ride on the way up to my room and the many nervous stressed-out-looking athletes I had seen earlier in the competition that prompted an epiphany that would surely level me up again this time around. 

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