Chasing the Sublime

Film transcript - Chasing The Sublime

There is always the element of the unknown on a swim. Of discomfort and risk. Fear of the cold. Of the deep. Of not being fit enough.

But that plunge into shared silence is a ‘coming home’. Everything slips away.

We’ve been swimming together for years, all over the country.

We met in the river and there was an immediate empathy.

Our thing is discovery. We enjoy the freedom of a good adventure.

When we try a new swim, we look at where we’re going. The tides. The weather. The route. But at some point we just get in.

People have always swum, but when we started the Outdoor Swimming Society, most people thought rivers and lakes were dirty, dangerous or illegal. That’s all changed.

It’s the getting in we find hard. Not the being in. That step forward from the shoreline, Kari calls it her ‘eeaww’ moment, when we stand on the water’s edge, warm and dry, and regret what’s ahead.

But we love the intensity. In deep water, your life is always in your own hands.

There’s a beauty out there and a purity, which I think we both embrace.

It’s good to swim with someone with a poet’s heart.

We will continue to seek these discomforts. To get cold and too tired. To find and overcome fears.

To simultaneously to experience what feels like life’s biggest freedom by the simplest of choices sink or swim, float or flounder, to transform from ordinary to briefly - extraordinary.


layout: blog title: Chasing the Sublime subtitle: B2 level - Advanced author: Jasmin category: [lessons] date: 2018-02-28 vimeoId: 292071219 —

There is always the element of the unknown on a swim. Of discomfort and risk. Fear of the cold. Of the deep. Of not being fit enough.

But that plunge into shared silence is a ‘coming home’. Everything slips away.

We’ve been swimming together for years, all over the country.

We met in the river and there was an immediate empathy.

Our thing is discovery. We enjoy the freedom of a good adventure.

When we try a new swim, we look at where we’re going. The tides. The weather. The route. But at some point we just get in.

People have always swum, but when we started the Outdoor Swimming Society, most people thought rivers and lakes were dirty, dangerous or illegal. That’s all changed.

It’s the getting in we find hard. Not the being in. That step forward from the shoreline, Kari calls it her ‘eeaww’ moment, when we stand on the water’s edge, warm and dry, and regret what’s ahead.

But we love the intensity. In deep water, your life is always in your own hands.

There’s a beauty out there and a purity, which I think we both embrace.

It’s good to swim with someone with a poet’s heart.

We will continue to seek these discomforts. To get cold and too tired. To find and overcome fears.

To simultaneously to experience what feels like life’s biggest freedom by the simplest of choices sink or swim, float or flounder, to transform from ordinary to briefly - extraordinary.