Have I told you I love you? I may diss you at times and lament my lack of skills but it is not from lack of appreciation.
Love: When I couldn't run and needed to burn some calories to stay sane, you came forward. I was happy as a clam to be in the water no matter my lack of skills. I had so much fun I have kept it up and at first the improvements were huge. I began to put my face in the water, use rhythmic breathing, increase the number of laps I was swimming, attempt free style...... You get the picture. My curve of improvement has rapidly slowed and swimming lessons aren't the easy answer I hoped they would be. But the days I swim leave me the happiest to be at work. I have a much better attitude all day and that good work out feeling follows me around all day. I may smell like chlorine but it is a small price to pay for that feeling.
Hate: Yet at times I hate you. When I am at my swimming lesson and it seems to come so easily to everyone else and I am the one who so doesn't get it, it is hard to feel the love. Why aren't I getting faster? I am trying to improve but often I don't even understand what is being asked of me. I do what with my arm? I am doing what now? Sure, I'll try that I say without an idea of what that is. I am not asking to be lightning fast but I'd like to see some improvement.
Love: Years ago as a parent I also loved you. When my kids were on the swim team I LOVED that everyone got to "play." No one sat on the bench. Kids measured their improvements against themselves. The coach never yelled although he wasn't lavish with false compliments either. How the team did as a whole was never emphasized.
Hate: Today at my swim lesson I worried over "running" into the other guy in my lane. It interfered with my style which is poor at best. When the hot speedo clad good looking guy with an accent hopped into my lane I realized that he wasn't paying attention to my swimming before he got in. We ran into each other as I was on my way back and he told me we should be going up one side and down the other. Yikes, I was breaking some etiquette rule I didn't even know about. Thankfully the instructor was right there and piped in and said, "
Love: But part of my swimming lesson routine is to visit Jameson and Jaxon after! That is a love for sure! Sometimes I do a little shopping afterwards and that is fine too!
My new $17 fun jacket!
I'm not going to stop swimming, I do like it. I'm not going to stop trying to get better for now. But I'd like to see more of the hate move to the love column. Come on swimming, work with me a little more. Reward me for my efforts.