Tis the season to swim!
Two months before the SwimMS marathon took place I left the field of dentistry. My summer gig of lifeguarding at Kits Pool was waiting for me, and for too long I was a sad person. Well, I don't know if sad describes it. I was over worked, under appreciated, and stressed...everyday! The stress never seized to exist. I left my job and committed to a slower lifestyle (temporarily). My last shift at the pool was September 12th and currently I don't have a new job.
The break has been amazing! For the past several months I have felt grounded. I have been relaxed. The time has also given me an opportunity to find out what it is I really want from this life. I have been volunteering, brushing up on my professional skills, and recently said 'YES!' when the man I love asked me to marry him! Life is pretty good!
Another pleasant side effect of not working is that I have been able to get into the water quite a bit lately. I have tried to maintain my regular Monday night and Wednesday morning masters practices, but have also made a point to swim on my own. I can feel it paying off - slowly but surely. Several weeks ago I made it back under 1:10 for a 100 push. I have made an effort to swim three times a week, and I usually run at least once a week as well. While I don't yet have a strict end goal this year, I have some ideas. Either way, the feeling I have in the water (well, most days) is amazing! Swimming. Floating on the surface of the clear water is like flying. When you really commit to getting in the water you begin to experience a weightlessness that cannot be reproduced. I love swimming and with the start of the new year, I am excited to see where 2015 will take me. Hopefully it will include a new job soon, but I know that this year will lead to even more happiness and personal development. It's easy to think this way in January. New Years resolutions have us all motivated and re-inspired. Why not every day? Every day we should be able to wake up and feel like new again. Each morning is an opportunity to try again at being successful, being healthy or fit, being a better version of me than yesterday. I am willing to take on that challenge.
Starting with SwimMS I will continue to improve on my yesterdays! Feel free to join me! Create your own goals, and if you find one day that you fell off the wagon....tomorrow is a new day. Get back on! In 2015 SwimMS will continue to raise a voice in British Columbia. I invite anyone who wants to get involved to leave a message. We will be thrilled to have you!
Happy New Year BC! We look forward to working with you!