I am a swimmer.
Designing and developing Instabeat involved working between offices in Beirut and San Francisco, and manufacturing in China (and pit stops in so many other places). I was so lucky to meet and swim with swimmers from all over the world and completely different cultures.
What really fascinated me, was that all these swimmers, despite being miles apart, shared common personality traits. I understood that being swimmer is not just a hobby, it’s an identity.
When swimming is a core part of your life, there are inherent traits that you acquire as a person, no matter where you are, and no matter why you swim:
- Humbleness: the water is bigger than you, and always wins. You learn to respect that, and work with it.
- Introspection: Swimming is a lonely sport, and disconnects you from everything in the outside world. It’s the time to reconnect with yourself and listen to your thoughts.
- Focus and determination: Some people also call it stubbornness 😂😂 Staring at a black lane for hours is a skill!
- Self-competition: You cannot really see the person swimming next to you, so you are pushing for yourself.
- Community: You have to go to a pool or an ocean/sea to swim, and other swimmers have to do the same 🙂 Which means, it’s very rare to swim and not have other swimmers around. All united by the love of water 😍
- Strength and weightlessness: Swimming is difficult, and is a very technical sport. You need to learn to breathe in the water, and fire up your core to stay afloat. The stronger you are, the more efficient and weightless you are.
- Mindfulness and Mindlessness: Get in the water, focus on your technique but then forget yourself (and your lap count).
A swimming manifesto
Dear swimmers all over the world. I hope you will always and forever keep swimming as it is the highest act of self-care.
I for one, through Instabeat and my practice, have committed to the sport. I promise to keep building tools to make our time in the water even more special.