Life’s trials are like a paddler’s swims.

Other times, you try to roll, and can’t. You try again, and can’t. Your head hits a rock here, a rock there. Maybe you cut a gash on limestone above your brow, or break your nose or mandible. Maybe you have to pull the ripcord and take a big swim and enjoy the grit of that humiliating beverage drank from your rank old neoprene bootie.

I have to laugh a little whenever I hear a young person think that life is like a box of chocolates. Sure, you never know what you’re going to get, but it’s still chocolate, they say.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not how life has been for me. Sometimes, the chocolate just ain’t chocolate, man.

I think we’re all between swims.

And the swims – that’s what makes us, you know?