Today I went over to the pool to do my cross-training work out for the week.
I always miss the pool when I get in…I just love swimming. It was our first real day of fall too. Temps in the 80s and just wonderful.
The swimming workout was good….felt good to tire out my arms.
However that was not my inspiration.
About halfway through my workout, I saw a mentally handicapped twenty something man in a wheelchair coming to the pool
Using the contraption I had always seen but wasn’t sure what it was for he was lowered into the pool.
He then proceeded to move his legs slightly and swim (doggie paddle) at least 4 laps before my workout was over.
It was amazing to watch. I can only imagine how it must feel. Confined to a wheel chair but in the water moving completely by himself.
Not only was he swimming by himself but with real determination he was swimming 25 yard laps. I was so touched watching him swim.
It also reminded me that I am so blessed that I am healthy and so is the rest of my family. We all have the ability to walk, run, swim, bike. I take it for granted. I am sure we all do.
It will be my inspiration the next time I feel like I can’t run another step. I can, I have the ability. It is just mind over matter. If this 20 something year old can battle everything going against him and get in the pool and swim over 100 yards then I can too can run that extra step, that extra mile….