Am I the only one who gets uncomfortable sharing a lane with strangers? Usually I can get my husband to go swimming with me, and we share a roped-off lane. That’s fine. But whenever I have to go alone, it makes me nervous when the pool is crowded and I end up having to share a lane with some stranger. I feel as though I’m going to bump into the person, and it totally throws off my swim mojo.
Nayola's Life List
1. learn to swim
I just wanted to give an update to my swimming adventures. Well, I’m at a place now where I go to the pool once or twice a week (the deep end, I might add) and I swim pretty darn good if I do say so myself.
It amazes me how far I’ve come. The deep end was at one time a place where I was terrified to even think about going. Now I prefer the deeper water to the more shallow end.
I no longer have to rely on my flippers or kickboard or anything else. And my arm strokes, breathing, and kicking feel totally natural now.
Anyway, I encourage everyone out there to believe in yourself and put in the time. I know that you all can become swimmers just like I did.
It’s been about a year since I last logged anything about learning to swim. In my last entry I was somewhat frustrated and needing a break. Well, since that time I stuck with it, took my time, and finally accomplished my goal. I CAN SWIM! Yay, me.
I think what helped me the most was when I finally stopped worrying about what other people thought and stopped being so self-conscious, silly, and hard on myself. I started having an attitude of “Have fun. Don’t be in such a hurry. Do what feels comfortable. Relax.” Then before you know it, things started really coming together for me.
Anyway, I just want to let everyone know that if I can do it, ANYONE can. And whether it takes you 10 weeks or 3 years, whether you are 18 or 80, that’s okay. If you want to learn how to swim, eventually you will too. Stick with it. Have fun. And know that I am rooting for you :-)