swim against the current

swim against the current

To go against or disagree with a prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave contrary to the majority of others. I really swam against the current when I was in college with some radical opinions, but as I've grown older I've found myself falling more in line with others. I don't understand why you always have to swim against the current instead of making things a little easier on yourself!
See also: current, swim

swim against the current

Also, swim against the stream or tide . Go against prevailing opinion or thought, as in I'm voting for him even if that is swimming against the current. Shakespeare used a similar metaphor in 2 Henry IV (5:2): "You must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair, which swims against your stream." For the antonym, see swim with the tide.
See also: current, swim
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Floating is your best option and will use less energy than trying to swim against the current will.
We're all different and some of us, from a very early age, are naturally predisposed to swim against the current.
The novel presents a good example of how one enlightened person can swim against the current, challenging all the myths that control people's minds and souls, and struggling hard to urge their brainwashed minds to work again after years of manipulation.
You need to swim against the current because there are so many forces tak-tak ing you away from spending 10 years at one football club.
Often we have to swim against the current to reap the rewards, go with your gut instinct and capitalise on current market conditions.
Can Mursi dare to swim against the current, especially that the Arab enmity to Iran, Hezbollah and Assad is in its peak?
Allow yourself to be hooked, as the team swim against the current and dare to dream an impossible dream.
Luckily he caught Daisy but couldn't swim against the current.
It takes guts for an author to swim against the current this way, but unfortunately, the stern purity of Bell's vision is undercut by several serious flaws.
I swim against the current between the water lilies whose stems are exactly as deep as the water, underwater breaststroke, head breaking the mirror, ashen film, dead insects, bits of leaves, powder of tiny bodies, I have absolutely no fear, my head is in rhythm with the passing landscape, window to a cloudy sky, the weather is beautiful, the light is true, I hum between the undulating reeds, hello it's me, I'm singing: come into the gentle water, dolce vita, vita nova, it's me, coda, come on, then another one: I compose, I build myself up, I break myself down, pause, this is for you.
If you swim against the current you eventually tire and drown, having depleted all your energy and resources.
It took five hours and 28 horrible minutes altogether, with the last two kilometres taking me an hour and a half - it was rough and I had to swim against the current.
There's also a sports centre, spa, hot tubs and four swimming pools - including one with a wave machine which tests your strength as you swim against the current.
To swim against the current of human intuition is a difficult task," Mlodinow notes.
Remember, use the currents to your best advantage; if you are caught in one, NEVER try to swim against the current.