Assalam alaikum &Peace to all
Ok so I've finally decided to learn how to swim...I found a course online that was teaching adults how to
swim and bonus its an all women class!! Woo hoo! Perfect! So today was the first day and I was a bit nervous about how its going to go...and embarrassed about what to wear...but since it was all women I didn't really have
too much reservations about wearing a normal bathing suit. Well...I got to the pool and was the first one there...so I waited until one or two other women showed up, I then went into the change room. I was already wearing my bathing suit underneath my clothing, so was waiting a bit to change. Well, the other woman was wearing a t-shirt and spandex type of pants...I sat there wondering when are they going to change? As I waited another two women came by...wearing same kind of thing...I was slowly getting the picture and getting a sinking feeling. Before going to the pool it is mandatory to shower up...so I saw these women who were all 'dressed' up showering with the t-shirt and pants ....ahhh totally sinking moment and I wanted to go and hide!! I looked at one of the women and said..."oh I didn't realize you can wear that, some pools don't let you wear such things' She looked at me and just said, "no, you can wear things like this, we are all women here" Exactly I thought...because we are women it doesn't really matter (well ok, I know there are rules with women too...but you know its just different than with men!) I then said: " oh I thought you have to wear a traditional bathing suit" She then says: "well you wear what you are comfortable in" I said uncomfortably, "I would rather wear a t-shirt" She just looked at me indifferently. Ok, I totally wanted to go home and get a full t-shirt and pants...oh my how was I supposed to march in there in my bathing suit...that compared to what the other women were wearing might as well have been a bikini!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Well, no choice I had to start the course...so I marched in there with my towel on...looked hopeless, and I felt hopeless! Of course eventually I had to take my towel off...oh wonderful! The 45 minute course went by fairly quickly...it consisted of me floating on my back, on my front...blowing bubbles and kicking my way around the pool. All in my wonderful swim suit...I felt like a whale! Somehow went back to the change room and showered off...really quickly...all the while all I hear in the background is "Assalam alaium, wa alaikum assalam" OH PERFECT! I've wanted to meet some Muslim women from this area...well I did now...and I'm sure they think I'm just some fluzy...should I tell them "Oh I'm Muslim too...salam!!" AHHHHHHH
Maybe they won't remember me next week?? Let's hope!!?? Oh what to do...I feel left out again, probably shouldn't but hey that's me. If all of you can stop laughing for a moment and comment on what I should do...I would appreciate it LOL!