Are you a good swimmer who can swim very well and able to swim many laps during your swimming sessions? If you are good at swimming, you would feel that it’s pretty easy for you to swim across the pool without much effort. However, it is not the same case for me. Although I do swim from time to time, I am still pretty afraid of swimming as I have past childhood phobia of drowning incident and a recurring shoulder dislocation issue. Usually, I do not dare to swim in the middle of the deep pool (1.8m in Singapore) even when I have friends accompanied me and I would always swim by the side of the pool in case of emergency where I can reach out to the side wall. I am able to swim quite well on my own as I have tried going to the swimming pool a few times without any friends going with me. However, I have those limitation created by myself that caused me to only enjoy swimming at the side. I knew that I can do better as I have managed to improve my number of laps from a few laps per sessions to about 10 laps per sessions. Some of you might think that 10 laps per swimming session is considered too little but if you have a past recurring shoulder dislocation issue like what I had and when you could only swim breast stroke with a aching shoulder due to that past injury, you will understand how I felt after per swimming session.
For a start, I did feel disappointed as most people can do more with little effort but I start to understand that different people has different journey to go through. No point comparing yourself with others but the most important thing is to enjoy the moments in life. When I start to feel this way, I ended up start to slowly increase my own pace and improve my shoulder strength. I start to enjoy the swimming sessions I had and feel happy that I had managed to accomplish the goals that I have set for myself to improve along the way. As my confidence level starts to increase, I decided to break through my fear of swimming in the middle of the deep pool and I do change my focus from being scared to keep on moving forward.
What I have learnt through swimming is that no matter how much obstacles (past shoulder problems), fear (leg cramp what to do), phobia (past drowning cases) and distraction along the way, what you need to do is know where is your end point and keep moving forward. This is how I managed to get through and made my first breakthrough in my swimming session. I will definitely continue to practice and strengthen my shoulder so that I can truly enjoy my swimming journey. I hope that you do find some inspirations through my journey along the way and I will keep you updated here on my own journey to success.