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Salt On My Skin By Sarah Kennedy Norquoy

Release date: 20th June, 2020
Publisher: Welford Publishing

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Faced with more time than usual on their hands as a result of the prolonged global ‘time-out’, many people have made a number of big ‘life’ decisions.

The enforced lockdown has created unusually quiet, reflective conditions which have allowed some to seriously consider whether their career, future, home or lifestyle must change.

Others have arrived at more sanguine conclusions and determined that working from home, spending more time with the family, or opting to work part-time offers a more palatable, relaxed way of life.

Somewhere in between these two groupings is another: those seeking inspiration to get their lives operating in a manner which is more satisfying, more fulfilled.

Whichever group you may consider yourself to be a part of, if an impending lifestyle change is what you aspire to, then reading Salt On My Skin by Sarah Kennedy Norquoy is highly recommended

Salt On My Skin captures readers from the first page: it’s like listening to a younger sister explain how difficult she found completing even a width of the swimming pool at school, how she loathed the freezing cold pool, of how she hated her swimwear, especially the flowery swimming cap. [I have never met a woman who loved them – boys always had it much easier, whether at school or municipal swimming pool: jump into budgie-smugglers then leap into water. Job done.]

Sarah was definitely not a natural swimmer, but eventually grew to enjoy it, swimming up to four times a week when she was pregnant with her second child, losing a stone in weight to boot.

However, it is her initially tentative but subsequently unquestioned commitment to open water, or ‘wild’ swimming (in the cold waters of Orkney) about which she writes so beautifully following two particularly difficult events that hit her almost simultaneously in 2019.

In the space of a fortnight, she lost a very close friend and her mother was diagnosed with dementia. Swimming in the open sea might sound like a drastic repost, but becoming involved in some form of sporting activity, especially one that is either a) mentally difficult or b) a little ‘left-field’ can have a remarkable salving effect upon the mind and body.

The author takes us through a year of her life: the huge enjoyment she gets from swimming contrasts with the grief of losing her friend and the sadness she feels as her mother’s condition deteriorates.

This is not a book about world records, professional sport or of million-dollar sponsorships, but if you’ve spent time reflecting on life during lockdown, it’s definitely worth reading to appreciate sport’s unerringly positive impact.

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