For some people, swimming is not just a sport or a hobby — it’s life.
Over the course of your love for swimming, expect a litany of emotions. From the first time you stepped into a pool to your last win, every significant moment serves as a memorable milestone. It’s an adventure filled with challenges, wildest expectations, and goal setting.
These memories will last you long, as well as make you into a better swimmer. Sometimes, it pays to remember these milestones:
Your First Swimming Lesson
Who can forget the first time they learned about the art of swimming? Your father might’ve taught your first strokes or your mom enrolled you at The Labs. No matter how you learned to swim in Naperville, you’ll never forget it for sure.
Your first swimming lesson came with numerous firsts — the first paddle, first attempts to float, first attempt to breathe underwater. If you used to have a fear of water, this was probably the first time you conquered that mountain. It serves as a reminder of why you took lessons in the first place.
The First Big Meet
Do you remember the loud and aggressive pump of music while you warm up? How about the swimmers on the deck?
Big meets introduced you to a host of new things. It was the first event to challenge everything you learned. Meets also teach you about the bigger stage and competitions — of how you survived the waters for that gold.
That “Perfect” Swim
Not all of your meets are your best; sometimes, you flunk. But there are those glorious moments when the race was effortless. Everything came together in perfect harmony — from the dive to the catch. It was the perfect summation of your hard work.
Looking back at it offers a nostalgic filter that encourages you during those flunks. Whenever you feel discouraged, remember that “perfect” swim. It serves as proof of your strengths as a swimmer.
Regardless of how much time has passed, nostalgia hits every now and then. Don’t stop it. If you want to be a better swimmer, it pays to remember where you came from.