Getting a swimming badge for effort, in one way, SUCKED.
I’m not sure of the reasoning behind attaining it, whether it was because it took me more time or I wasn’t quite ready, but singling me out for sheer effort rather than finding a way to get across the pool for that distance badge never left me.
At the time it made me feel a sense of almost getting in the way, I was young and didn’t quite make sense of the purpose of it all. I think it drives the notion of me going against the thinking that at least “he gave it go” or separating me from an activity on the basis of challenging dexterity.
BUT here’s the positive lesson I took from that day. Over the years, it has perhaps taken me more time to do a task. 10 years to finally convert to automatic driving learning with adaptions and two years of lessons a modern example! Patience has taken time to become a valued skill as I’ve got older, wiser in knowing the clearer limitations, but retaining a degree of the youthful stubbornness – a trait I much prefer to translate today as simply having resilience!
I look back on this a positive – as I drew so much from it. For the negative set back it initially gave me, it produced an even more determined trait to make a success of things with a deeper understanding of the obstacles on the path that may come into play.