One of my loves of my life is....swimming. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's been a sanctuary for me for years. Whenever I'm confused or angry or even happy I love to get into the water and swim laps.
I first fell in love with the water at a very young age. I never wore floatees or any safety device that kids use now . My Aunt Dee says that when I was very young all my cousins (all boys) were jumping off the dive in her pool, and I went too. This shocked and scared everyone because I could swim without any help at such a young age. That moment says a lot about me actually I wasn't afraid. Just because the boys were older and could swim didn't mean I couldn't try.
I began swimming competitively at a young age too. I swam for clubs at the age of six and continued all the way through high school. When I watch the Olympics I wish I would of trained harder and maybe I could of been one of them on the blocks, but swimming was never that for me it was more about the love of it. I knew that I never wanted to train so hard that it made me hate one of my loves.
I think everyone needs to have something they can do that can let them escape for a while whether it be going for a walk or reading a book or writing a letter. Swimming was my outlet as a kid and as an adult. I'm so thankful I have something in my life that means so much to me that no one can ever take away and that is the love of the water.
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