This quote was brought to my attention today:
"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame". ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I think this means that we have no clue what we are REALLY capable of.
As I sit here getting ready to go to my first masters swim ever, I am feeling a loss of confidence. Wouldn't it just be easier to keep swimming on my own and not bother with this shit?
Then I have to remember that you never get anywhere by dropping out of life because you have fears and insecurities. I know to grow stronger for my half ironman I need to become a stronger swimmer and I can’t do that on my own.
What is a masters swim, you ask? Apparently, it is this:
Masters swimming is a special class of competitive swimming for swimmers 25 years or older. Most towns or cities now have masters clubs. Typically these are very friendly and welcome newcomers. Club members will follow a set of different drills and swims each time typically covering anything from 1-3 miles. Each club will have lanes and so whilst the younger and faster swimmers who are competing nationally and regionally are at one end, the other lanes are for hobbyists who may have taken up swimming quite recently.
I really like the part about how they are friendly to newcomers and how I can have my own lane if I am slow. I also like how they use the term “whilst.” You don’t hear this every day so this must be a very classy group.
Things swirling in my head: These master’s people will all be better than me. They will make fun of me. I will drown. I will hit my head on the flip turn. I might get my period.
Bottom line fear: I will fail.
Oh, is that it? I might fail? At what? Not being the fastest or the most skilled? Big deal. Who am I trying to impress anyway?
Interesting how we psych ourselves out when we get ready to try new things. Maybe wearing my underwear will intimidate them all.
Or, perhaps I will just demonstrate my technique whilst laying on the carpet.
What are you doing that scares you (makes you grow, be better today)?