Would you swim in the Puget Sound year round? The waters of Tacoma’s Commencement Bay vary in temperature from 47 degrees in December to 56 degrees in August, but Melissa dives in and swims in her normal bathing suit all year long. Why?
“I... love it,” says Melissa. “I've never been able to describe perfectly how much it feels like I'm on top of something which I don't feel in a pool… In a pool, it's pretty boring. But having the sense of space below me and the clarity of water here… I just feel like I'm in this other world, like I'm literally swimming in an aquarium or someplace I'm not supposed to be.”
Melissa and her husband Paul have lived in Tacoma since 2010, when they moved here from California. They met when they were both living in San Francisco and were both active and involved in the water sports community there. In February 2015 Paul was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which typically has a 3-5 year survival rate with treatment.
Melissa and Paul share candidly about how they are living their lives fully in the face of Paul’s diagnosis, and about what their friends, neighbors, and community have meant to them during this time.
“The only advice my mother gave me when I went to college was to remind me, to implore me to say hi to everybody,” says Paul.”You never know who they're going to turn into or be, or how they're going to fit into your life at some point down the road, whether it's a class or beyond. So, try to maintain some of that going forward. I think that certainly applied to the neighborhood here.”
What happens when you meet your neighbors? How can we increase the feeling of connection between members of our community and their neighbors? Over the past few months we here at Windermere Professional Partners have set out to answer those questions. Based on recommendations from our REALTORS® we set out with a camera crew to speak to our neighbors from the heart about what it means to be a neighbor, to live life fully, and to connect with our community.
Go behind the scenes of Melissa and Paul’s beautiful episode, watch the video here.