Not Waving but Drowning
How we cite our quotes:
I was much too far out all my life (11)
Apparently this is about more than just swimming, unless he was trying to set a Guinness World Record. The isolation described is life-long, so swimming is probably a metaphor for living. Do you feel like the dead man is more or less to blame for the isolation when you learn that he's been alone for so long? Are there reasons for the isolation that don't put blame on anyone?