My Love for Water

I have always had a love for water, probably since day one. Apparently my first bath went shockingly well and my parents were pleasantly surprised. I was about six years old when I wanted to try swimming on my neighborhood’s swim team. There was a good mix of kids who were pretty skilled in swimming and some who could hardly stay above the water. My coaches were pretty impressed by my ability to swim butterfly, even though I was only six. This quickly became my passion and there was no one who could even begin thinking about stopping me!

During my freshman year of high school, I was highly encouraged to try out for the swim team. I was quickly accepted and the real competition began. I was one of the few butterfly-ers on the team and I absolutely loved it. I was constantly swimming not only after school, but before school, and on the weekends. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, my shoulder on the other hand (no pun intended) did not. During my senior year of high school, I tore my labrum and rotator cuff and was quickly forced to quit and have pretty extensive surgery. I was told I would never be able to swim competitively again. This was devastating.

To this day, I have not been able to swim the same way, but I have found other activities to fill the void. I have become a pretty active runner and although it doesn’t have the same affect, it does allow me to stay active. I will forever have a love for swimming and I hope to somehow spread that love with other people.

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