Monday, August 09, 2010
This morning I had the pleasure of observing something really cute at our water aerobics class that I want to share with everyone. Traditionally, pools are only open in the mornings for classes. This includes swimming lessons as well as water aerobics class. Our class has had the pleasure of watching the little ones progress from being afraid to get their faces wet to jumping in head first into the water.
Today was no exception. There was a young boy who screamed so loud at the end of June that we couldn't even hear our instructor. He carried on, waling and crying until his father just took him out of the pool and sat with him on the side and rocked him back and forth. But Dad and the guards never gave up on the little guy. Fast forward to today. Today, the little boy asked his father to sit in a chair at a table under an umbrella on the side of the pool. He got out his swimming goggles, walked over to the deep end, patiently stood in line for his turn, put on the goggles and dove into the water and swam about 15 feet to the guard who was waiting to catch him. When he was all finished with his lesson, he walked over to his dad and said, "Did you see me Daddy? I can do it all by myself now!"
I can't help but draw a parallel between myself as I was first starting out on my Spark journey and the way that little boy started out. In the beginning, every time I looked at the things I couldn't have or the things I knew I had to change, I did a silent scream. I kept on until one day my choices became habits and then I didn't have to scream any more. I could say to myself, "Look, I can do it all by myself now! I may stumble. I may fall, but I will get up and I'll get right back to the business of being healthy."