The crawling swimmer - what an inspiration!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Went with hubs to the YMCA this evening; he hit the pool while I was doing my thing in the gym. When I came to the pool area, showered off my sweat and donned my bathing suit, he was in the whirlpool, but got out to swim again with me. While catching my breath between laps, I noticed a very overweight middle-aged guy on hands and knees, crawling across the concrete surrounding the pool. Determined not to stare, I swam another lap. As I got back, I noticed he was reaching up and opening a certain door, through which he disappeared.

"Wonder what that was all about?" I asked my husband. He said the man didn't have good use of his legs. He had seen him crawl out of the room (obviously a specially-equipped dressing area) and laboriously make his way to the end of the pool, where the life guard helped him with a special seat that lowered him into the water. Once in the pool, he was able to do a form of swimming unassisted.

Chlorinated water was dripping from my wet head, but that wasn't what burned hot in my eyes at that moment. I realized I was getting a great visual of someone who was going all out - doing whatever it took (no matter how little that may seem to others) - to get as fit as possible. The next time I want to whine (externally or internally) about what's involved in my fitness routine, I hope this man's "just do it" determination will quickly come to mind, giving me the needed impetus to follow his powerful example.
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    What a great reminder of all that is positive; this gentleman truly sees the glass half full. I am proud of all the participants in Spark who realize the power of healthy living and are not willing to squander what we have been given.

    Best of luck to all of us that we can realize the potential within and God bless the gentleman who brought it so clearly in focus.

    3086 days ago
    Absolutely right!
    3086 days ago
    Amazing story. I work at a therapy rehabilitation pool at a hospital, and I see this kind of thing every day, and it always gets to me. It is very sad sometimes, inspiring other times, but it always puts my life into perspective. Water is a great healer. I see wheelchair bound people able to walk in the pool without pain. Or old ladies "dancing" in the water with ease, something they would have never been able to do outside of the pool. But, it isn't the water that is great, it is the people who decide that they want to do it!
    3086 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing. We just don't appreciate how well off we are.
    3086 days ago
    That was wonderful. I'll have to remember to picture that in my mind when I'm feeling sorry for myself.
    3089 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this - it will sure make me think before I whine about anything I find difficult.
    3090 days ago
    Wow, what a great blog!!!
    3090 days ago
    I agree...I'm not going to groan either!!
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    3090 days ago
    WOW. Kinda puts things back into perspective, doesn't it.
    3090 days ago
    A good reminder that I am truly blessed to be able to exercise with full use of every part of my body.
    3090 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    We truly are blessed by those that "do" without always having what we think we need to participate. I'll bet your crawling swimmer touched a lot of people today.... God bless him emoticon
    3090 days ago
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