“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” Walter Elliott
Many times in life, I’ve been guilty of not hitting the finish line– and I’m trying to change that.
I started this year with one of the toughest things on my list of aspirations: learning how to swim. I’ve spent more than three decades being scared of water (even of a bathtub)– but last December, I decided enough was enough.
January found me at the swimming pool, terrified of dunking my head in water, choking and spluttering.
I let myself float a few times that month, gave up completely in February, dragged myself back to the pool in March, and swam my first lap– in the most ridiculous tadpole fashion, in April.
Today I swam a 100m lap without any distress. I may not be the most elegant swimmer in the pool, and I’m certainly the slowest, but I can make it from end of the pool to the other, and I can’t believe it.
Though a whole large chunk of the credit goes to my swimming instructor (you know who you are, and I can never thank you enough for your relentless patience!), I feel some of it goes to my refusal to give up.
I plan to take this to all aspects of my life– whenever the urge to give up on something strikes me, I know I’m going to think of how I learned to swim.
So, when it comes to an endeavor, do you persevere? What inspires you to stick to it? When do you give up?