Nerves are setting in - in a good way!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I just returned from dropping my son at his school. His State team of 4 swimmers and 1 diver are leaving for the State Swimming & Diving Championships at Bucknell University. He's in 9th grade.
He has been swimming competitively since he was 8 and I am so happy that all his work - his wonderful perspective on sports and swimming - have paid off with a trip to States as part of a relay. I/we are not crazy sports parents. He was not burnt out as a young competitor (by young I mean 10 - 14). It wasn't until this school year that he even routinely practiced more than 3 days per week. He doesn't have a Personal Trainer or Personal Stroke coach (don't laugh - kids do have these) and in fact, he has had less than 5 private competitive lessons in his career!
What do I take from this? Perspective. Keep at it - what ever you are trying to do - at a steady pace and when the right time comes, the joy of doing it will help you focus and enjoy the increased intensity and commitment. Enjoy the "pain" of the effort, embrace it and all will be returned to you in your excellent performance.
So to get on with my day today? A little humor and I'll embrace the pain of household chores!
Have a great day!