I find myself wondering: what else is out there?
Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30
This thing is growing legs. This whole change is possible thing that is. On the face of it, we are six people attempting to do six very different things; it's not as if there's much of a link between learning to swim and learning to smile.
As the weeks go by, though, it has become clear there is a connection. We have been taken beyond our comfort zones, we are looking at the world in a different way, and at ourselves. I guess that's the whole point. It's a journey of discovery.
I am not just learning to swim. There are other things going on too. There are other benefits. There is a back story. And there are a few new stories too.
First, the benefits: There may be a time in your life where you get to thinking an old dog can't be taught new tricks. He can. You may also get to a stage where, having already overcome many of the hurdles life can throw your way, you don't have the fight for more. You do. These are important discoveries.
I am thinking beyond learning to swim. I am not taking for granted, not for a second, that learning to swim is a done deal, even though I'm determined not to fail. But as last week's lesson proved, I have a long way to go. In practice I became frustrated and fixated on the mechanics of what I'm learning and made the mistake of carrying that frustration into the lesson. I was not in the proper state of mind from the start, and it affected the lesson. That was a silly mistake, especially for someone who played a lot of sport in the past and so should have known better.
Which brings me to the new stories: I'm enjoying being taught something I once considered beyond me; I'm enjoying the challenge of learning, and I'm wondering what else might be out there for me - going back to college, learning a musical instrument for the first time, or learning to speak Irish. Or what about all three?
And then there is the back story. On July 1, I was nearly 13 kilos heavier than I am now. There is no way I would have been able to take on this, or any, challenge if I had not overcome that one first. Change is possible.
TIP: Be in the right frame of mind.
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