Rip tide

Wikipedia: A rip tide is a strong, offshore current that is caused by the tide pulling water through an inlet along a barrier beach, at a lagoon or inland marina where tide water flows steadily out to sea during ebb tide. It is a strong tidal flow of water within estuaries and other enclosed tidal areas.

I was recently in Costa Rica, and the moment we disembarked from our plane and entered customs, we were handed a pamphlet on rip tides. San Jose is almost two hours from the water.

How odd, I thought, especially since we are from Fort Lauderdale, where we recently witnessed a section of the beach lifeguards didn’t allow swimmers, due to rip tides.

Then, when we reached our AirBnB, the host had set out an array of books on the coffee table. Christopher started reading aloud, and I couldn’t believe it. He’d opened to a section on….rip tides!

What could this mean? I constantly am on the lookout for signals and meanings to ensure that I am on the right track in my life. I have chosen an unconventional lifestyle in that I work from home writing and editing. Money ebbs in, and flows out, lol, without a steady stream from a paycheck. The reason we were in Costa Rica was for dental work, which is much more affordable for implants than what I would have to pay, even with dental insurance, in the states.

Christopher, who thrives on metaphors and relating life to what is around us, continued reading—and we both burst out laughing at the sentence that read, “Experienced swimmers even find rip tides to be great fun.”

I remember being caught in a rip tide on the Pacific Ocean as a kid and it was terrifying, but exhilarating. My cousin ended up panicking and I swam back to him, and pulled him to where he could touch, using my flip flop. Not what you are supposed to do, but we were kids in the seventies–without the warning or pamphlets.

What did all of this mean—what is the advice when you are caught in an out of control rip tide?  (me, still trying to figure out this message from the Universe) I ran through things that were stressful to me…accomplishing enough is always a worry. Deadlines and writing projects, balancing down time, it can be overwhelming.

The advice in this scary situation is to, wait for it, swim sideways.


Yeah, instead of trying to fight the current and reach shore directly, earning a scary dunking and possible drowning, relax to the end of the current, which will stop on its own before you reach the big wide ocean, and then make your way back to shore by swimming parallel to the current.

I will share my take-away message with you all—relax, enjoy the ride, and go with the flow 🙂

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6 Replies to “Rip tide”

    • Sometimes we struggle when we don’t have to–there were so many metaphors in this it was hard to stick with just one lololol

  1. Good metaphor, Traci. They give you pamphlets on how to deal with a riptide and warn you about them, but our school system doesn’t teach kids how to deal with life’s riptides. That’s the job of the parents, who often wait until the kids are in them before saving them, but never teaching them the dangers or how to get themselves out. Great blog post.

  2. Funny that you post about Rip Currents. Just this morning, I read a post affixed on our building door leading to the beach. It shows the same diagram and instructions. Beware of rip currents.

    • Hey Mona–we were at Fort Lauderdale beach when we first saw the life guards not letting folks in to swim. You have to be aware, for sure! I miss Lauderdale by the Sea–you have a great place there xo

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