Cinema aquatic: Drifting into the meaning of life

By Family Pool, Spa & Billiard
Cinema aquatic: Drifting into the meaning of life
Your Family Pool or Spa is just right for a soul-searching swim

Two of the best scenes in the movie “The Graduate” happen in the family pool. In the first, Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock is wearing one of his parents’ graduation gifts--a scuba diving suit. We see him go under, we see him come up, but mostly we hear him breathing deeply underwater as his parents annoy him from the pool’s edge. In the other scene, his father is grilling him about what he’s doing with his summer and what he plans to do with his life. He wonders aloud why his son the graduate is doing little more than hanging out in the backyard pool.   Benjamin replies, “Well, I would say that I’m just drifting here in the pool.”  “Why?!” asks his father.
“Well,” he answers, “it’s very comfortable just to drift here.”

For the moment, Benjamin Braddock is content to lay on a float in the pool.   If you think about it, some of the most serene moments--whether in the movies or in life--take place in swimming pools. During one of the final scenes in “Ferris Bueller Takes Off,” Ferris, his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron end up in a pool after they’ve played hooky from school by exploring Chicago. Cameron takes a deliberate nosedive into the deep end to scare his friends, after which they realize he is stronger than they thought. He’s going to be okay and they’re on the right path as well. Ferris Bueller’s “Day off” becomes a day of epiphany.
 What about you? Have you experienced this serenity in your own pool? A sense of drifting into a place where no one can bother you? There’s nothing like the feeling of discovering the water’s just right for a soul-searching swim.

As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Drifting in a pool is liberating. The water feels cool and refreshing, the sun’s on your face and body. What will you be meditating on during your next dip in the pool? Let yourself go in your new pool or spa and free your soul.  

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