It can cleanse you, brings recreation, hydrates you, or it can even kill you. One of the best parts about water is what lives within it, mainly fish. Fishing is something that comes from the water whether it is in the summer or winter. Ice fishing I find, is a sport that only die hard fishermen enjoy. Fresh fish anytime of year is satisfying and you can only get it from one source, the water. Fish need it for its very survival, without it they will not live, grow or reproduce and for the most part, I believe I am part fish.
There is something about water that renews me and makes me whole again. Whether it is sitting in it with my lawn chair at the beach, swimming and playing in it with my children, floating down the river in a tube with some great friends, or throwing rocks in it to try to skip a few from the shore.
Water can wash away all the problems of the day, the week, the month and put things in a different light giving you a completely different perspective. That is why bubble baths, hot tub and Jacuzzis are so popular and used for physical therapy in many rehabilitations and sometimes babies are born in it.
Washing my hair in lake water is a special treat to me. It leaves my hair smelling of the lake for the rest of the day, which is very soothing and pleasant. Floating aimlessly in the middle of a lake just off a raft or dock makes me feel weightless and light.When I have an extended lunch I enjoy finding a near by river or lake and having my own private picnic. Just looking over the river and watching it carry-on-by, seems to extract all of the negatives of the day and leaves me feeling relaxed and distressed.
When I am in a uncomfortable situation like the dentist, doctor, or a boring meeting I try to find a happy thought and usually it takes me back to a little quiet beach on Lake Huron or the family cabin in White Cloud that has a private lake.
Water is vital for my survival…it is my therapy…it understands me and knows me like no other. The human being is made up almost entirely of water and God put the connection of water and humans together for a reason.
Fresh, salt or brackish does not seem to matter, water is water and it will be enjoyed, appreciated and of course respected till the end of time.