Amelia F. Drake, a UNC professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, finds a calming rhythm in rowing crew.
Doctor finds calm on water
For UNC’s Dr. Amelia F. Drake, rowing is a lot like life.
Drake, a professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery who specializes in pediatrics, has been rowing crew since her boarding school days. She finds that the repetitive motions and the sliding have a calming effect, even while she’s using all of her energy to pull the oar against glass-like water.
Taking her place in a boat powered by 8 rowers and guided by a coxswain – the person in charge of the boat, she works in unison with her teammates. Each individual slides and pulls, slides and pulls, working together and the boat makes progress. The more in harmony each individual is with the whole, the more progress the boat makes.
So before you watch this video, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Get ready to find the rhythm that Drake has found and maybe even start to feel the rhythms in your own life.