The secret to longevity often lies in our daily routines. Look to 90-year-old Walter Strohmeyer for proof.
He has been swimming in the ocean off of Long Island, New York for nearly his entire life.
“I get up in the morning, I move around. I feel like a person in his 40s. The only time I realize I’m not is when I take a look in the mirror,” he said in The Swimmer, a short film that beautifully captures Strohmeyer’s spirit.
He takes to the water to clear his mind, move his body and escape from life’s obstacles that threaten to derail him. It’s been especially helpful since he lost the love of his life.
“You still have your problems, but they’re on the shore. They’re not with you,” he said.
The film, which was shot by Blaise Hayward for Plastic Oceans International, a California-based nonprofit organization working to end global plastic pollution, is intended to raise awareness for protecting the ocean.
“The Swimmer is a testament to self empowerment and the ocean’s power to heal and nurture,” said Tod Hardin, Head of Operations & Communications, Plastic Oceans International. “In just two minutes, Blaise crafted a beautiful story about a connection to the ocean—to which many of us can relate—young and old. One can’t help but feel an instant connection with Strohmeyer, and The Swimmer reminds us of the great importance to protect and conserve the ocean.”
“As someone who’s very passionate about ocean health, I look forward to educating more people about the power and importance of the majestic bodies of water with Plastic Oceans International,” added Hayward. “Through the short tale of Walter Strohmayer, I hope we inspire more people to rethink their relationship with the ocean, reevaluate its value, and proactively work to preserve it as a resource to us all.”
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