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What is it or why is it some of us find being on the water, swimming in it, or just being near it so appealing?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (36630points) May 24th, 2010

Why should we find that boating, swimming or just being near water makes, at least some of us, feel serene and tranquil? When I’m out in a boat, I don’t have a care in the world. Some people are terrified of the thought, and frankly, that’s the wiser feeling if you think it through. Anything goes wrong you can easily drown. Land can’t kill you as easily as water, but we spend millions of dollars to put ourselves at risk. Why is that?

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jazmina88's avatar

it’s cleansing.
and we do have water signs. cancer, pisces, scorpio are prone to h2o

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@jazmina88 That provoked an interesting thought: Not in the Gulf right now, and all my serenity went out the window.

Silhouette's avatar

I love the water, it’s life giving. So pure, so simple and so necessary.

marinelife's avatar

The water calls to me. I feel so much more peaceful when I am near water. I wonder if it is because so much of us is water or we evolved from water-based life forms.

Cruiser's avatar

I could not see having water to sit near, swim in, boat and fish. I am a water nut and it is just so relaxing plus if it wasn’t for water there would be no bikinis and water is the best place for being around them! ;)

janbb's avatar

<======You’re asking me?

chyna's avatar

I’m a pisces, which is a water sign, so I’m not sure if that is why I find water so peaceful and calming or if there is another reason. I have almost drowned twice in my life, once when I was six and my dad pulled me out of a pool and again when I was 19 and my friend pulled me out of the ocean. Then there was the time I dove in a pool and hit the bottom and broke my nose. None of those things affect how I feel around the ocean or any body of water. It seems to be a craving, a longing, where I feel I am at the best that I can be when near water.

chyna's avatar

@Cruiser Don’t forget, if there wasn’t water, there would be no speedo’s on old men.~

Cruiser's avatar

@chyna you are not the first person to mention banana hammocks on old men and you can bet I will still be wearing mine well into retirement! :D

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Cruiser @chyna So now I have the picture of Floyd and Mabel, the 80 year old couple going to the beach, him in his banana hammock and her in a thong, bouncing around inside my head.

gemiwing's avatar

When I’m in the water everything else goes away. All the overloading sensory input is stilled, all touch is the same touch, sound is quiet, pressure is equal all over and my pain lessens. It’s one of the few things in my life I truly crave.

So, for me, when I’m near the water it brings back memories of that calm feeling. Even just thinking about it calms me.

I also think it has to do with being in the womb- before the world enters our existence.

Buttonstc's avatar

Negative ions.

This is also why people will use small indoor tabletop water fountains and why taking a walk after (or during) a rainstorm feels so good.

CMaz's avatar

One time I lived away from the water. Meaning the ocean. I was not a happy camper.

I have lived on the ocean most of my life. It is like a close friend.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

It makes me happy,damnit! ;))

CMaz's avatar

Yea! What she said.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I was wondering when you were going to answer. You’re the one that led me ask the question.:)

partyparty's avatar

I adore water, particularly the sea crashing against the rocks. It is so exhilarating!
I can’t swim and my SO is continually telling me how foolish I am being when I tell him I would love to swim in such waters.

deni's avatar

its beautiful. have you ever just sat and watched water roll so smoothly over rocks? it’s mesmorizing.

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