It's Disney Day - so I thought I would share a few Disney quotes with you that might apply to our current situation...
Have you ever been "kicked in the teeth"? Maybe you raced to a best time and got DQ'd. Or you thought you had made a cut time, but you missed it. Maybe you studied hard for a test but did poorly. I would call our situation right now a real kick in the teeth. We were feeling good, getting stronger, and then this came along and messed us up. None of us are getting to do the things we thought we would be doing right now and that is frustrating! But think about how you bounced back from those situations. Did you fix your mistake the next time you raced so you would avoid that DQ? Did you work harder at every practice to try to make that cut time? Maybe you found a new way to study that would help you do better? The setback you experienced probably pushed you harder to improve. Whether we make new memories with our family, learn to appreciate our friends more, or long for the hard work we do in the pool every day, we will bounce back from this situation and we will improve because of it.
Getting back to normal may seem impossible. But sometimes the impossible is a fun challenge to take on! These drylands seem impossible to me (because I'm not young and athletic like you guys!) but I find the more fun I have with you each day, the easier it gets for me. I cant control how strong I am or how good my pushups are... but I can try to get better each time. See if there are little ways you can find fun in the challenges you meet each day. Get competitive with yourself. Can you learn more than you think? Can you do something faster or better than before? Challenge yourself to do what you think you can't, when you achieve it you will find some fun in it I think.
Last one. You know I couldn't leave this out!
Just keep swimming isn't just about the pool or a race.
It's about moving forward. How can we move forward? Make yourself better somehow. Be more kind, or helpful. Get stronger or faster. Read more. Do something for someone else. All of those things make you better. Just keep swimming applies to the pool sometimes, but right now it applies to all of us in life.
How will you keep swimming this week?
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