The day was perfect.
The shimmering lake beckoned my name as I undressed. Piece by piece I revealed my deeply tanned skin. The soft summer wind danced through the trees and heightened the hairs on my bare arms. I closed my eyes.
I took one step forward and now stood tall under the beating sun. I felt the rays consuming my body. I took one more step and my toes made acquaintances with the waters edge. A rush of life screamed through my veins all the way up to my eyes. They shot open and a world of perfection flooded my sight.
The tall aspen and birch trees surrounded me. Their delicate white trunks gave birth to an array of lively green children. Accompanying them were the fir and pine trees that gave the lower levels thickness and brush. It was a green masterpiece of nature, but that wasn’t the main attraction.
Once I could get passed the beauty of the surroundings a wave of emotion crashed. The gentle crests of the lake glistened as they moved under the open sky. The color captivated my soul. It was the perfect combination of the sky and clouds, forest and fields, and the deepest secrets of the lake in one place. I had never seen something more magical and breathtaking in my whole life.
I walked into the lake with my head back as I slowly submerged into the water leaving only my face on the surface. My lungs inhaled all that they could and I swam out a few feet and then paused completely underwater. I didn’t feel anything. It was like I was in a vacuum and nothing could touch me. I felt at peace.
The water seemed endless. I could swim and swim and swim and never meet land; never meet another face, another word, another soul. And so I swam further and further out until my blockade of cattail weeds stopped. They grew tall out of the water and their little fuzzy brown heads were my guardians. They kept my perfect world, well perfect.
I knew that if I went any further I’d risk getting caught. I wasn’t really doing anything wrong. I just went for a swim, alone, in my natural suit.
I then lowered my body so that my lips were kissing the gentle waves and my eyes were scanning the surface looking up at the distant forest in awe. I imagined myself as a small lake-dwelling animal that could never leave this spot, never had to.
“How lucky”, I thought.