I taught myself how to swim about 8 years ago. It was a clumsy breaststroke. There was no technique in it. Just simple experimentation to figure out what can prevent me from sinking in the pool. When I managed to stay afloat I suprised myself by swimming 3.6 km in my small 30m pool at the condo. I had to do more than 100 laps and it took me about 5 slow hours. I felt quite accomplished at that time considering I had only learnt a few weeks before that.
I decided that i have to face this swimming issue straight on. I tried to swim a few weeks back in the pool of the hotel I was staying in. Needless to say, it was a disaster and I lasted for about 10 minutes. I knew it was not time to get help.
|Glide baby glide…|
I can feel myself getting more efficient in the water. It wasn’t as tough as it used to be. The crowing moment came when I can actually feel myself gliding in the water. I took a before and after video for posterity. It’s not perfect yet but compared to the whale that was, it’s a million times better (no whales were injured during photography). Not quite the shark yet. Well, maybe a fat shark.
My immediate goal is to swim 750m without stopping. Time is not important yet. I just want to be able to do this.
It doesn’t have to be about a triathlon or any other sports. It could be anything that your heart desires. Your dreams, visions and ambitions. Take action to realise your dream. Don’t be intimidated by how difficult or how long you think it is.
Many have inspired me in my journey and I always say, ‘if they can do it, then I can do it too’.
So maybe by reading this, you would one day say, if Reza can do it, then I can do it too’…