Daily Post Entry: Athletic
I am not the athletic or sporty type, never was. When I was a kid my parents never forced me to get into sports. I wished they did though. I wished they pushed me a little harder to take up a sport or two. Like swimming.
I was around 7 or 8 when I told my parents I wanted to learn how to swim. Then I discovered I was afraid of being in the water. My dad tried to teach me and my siblings how to swim but we ended up crying throughout. Turned out I wasn’t the only one scared of the water.
But like my siblings, I got by. In high school, I was still able to join my friends in the beach. As long as I stayed near the shore, everything was good.
Then I started college. Because I was taking up an allied health degree, everyone was required to pass a swimming class before we could graduate. I didn’t want to fail just because I couldn’t get past my fear. So I asked a friend to teach me how to swim months before we enrolled for the swimming class. Long story short, I passed the class.
I still can’t be called an excellent swimmer but now I can manage on my own as long as the water’s not too deep. Yes, I am still afraid of the water but no longer as much as I used to.
And I may not have ended up becoming a swimmer athlete but now I like being in the water more than I did before.