Saraswati’s swim: The Dear Mynd podcast

29 August 2023
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Does the weight of expectations overwhelm you? Do you think age stops you from doing the things you love?

The latest episode of Dear Mynd explores how we can overcome societal barriers to follow our heart’s desires. We unpack the captivating story of “Saraswati Learns to Swim” by Srividya Sivakumar, which not only sheds light on the power of creativity but also touches upon themes of ageism, individuality, and the boundless potential of the human mind.

Unveiling the essence of Saraswati

“Saraswati Learns to Swim” is the story of 55-year-old Saraswati who dreams of learning to swim. 

Saraswati's swim: The Dear Mynd podcast

“She dreamt about being weightless, floating in the water like a graceful fish, no cares in the world. Childhood trips to the local aquarium, watching as the village boys hurtled towards the temple wall, gazing at fishermen and women braving the seas on seemingly fragile boats – everything had created a fascination in Saraswati. She associated swimming with vitality and freedom.”

For Saraswati it’s swimming. For someone else it could be painting. For you it could be cooking. We all know the urge to do the things we love because that’s where true freedom lies. 

Saraswati’s story weaves together a tapestry of emotions and insights that resonate with us all. Through the lens of Saraswati’s transformational journey, we discover how breaking invisible norms and assumptions with creativity and confidence can serve as a compass to navigate life’s challenges and uncertainties.

The strength of aspirations keeps us afloat

The story captures the essence of human vulnerability, the constant pressure to meet societal expectations, the almost unrelenting desire to conform and the emotional toll it takes on one’s mental well-being.

Saraswati’s tale reminds us that our dreams possess a remarkable power, offering solace and motivation even in the face of adversity.

Age is not a barrier

Passion. Adventure. Excitement. Chasing your bliss.

Saraswati's swim: The Dear Mynd podcast

There seems to be a tendency to associate these terms with youth. We tend to think that older people are only really capable of leading a sedate life spent reminiscing about their childhood. We don’t picture an elderly woman in a sari gearing up to swim, do we? Why not? Why can’t older men and women run, swim, paint, sing, or do any of the things that younger ones do? 

Saraswati’s journey encourages us to chart our own course in a world dominated by conformity. And no matter your age, it’s essential to embrace our uniqueness and individual narratives. Perhaps, there’s a Saraswati in all of us.

We leave you with a question to ponder: “Would you tell us about a Saraswati you may know of?” We invite you to share your thoughts and experiences, as we believe that every individual’s story adds to the rich tapestry of human existence.

Join us and listen to “Saraswati learns to swim” and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Remember, your story is yours to tell, and the world will listen.

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