I did it, after years of thinking about it, I finally did it! I actually went through with it and went to my first swimming lesson. I was excited, anxious, nervous, scared, but I had to be brave. After all, my son was also taking lessons and I could not let him see me acting all silly being afraid of the water. I sucked it all up, put a smile on face (yeah, it was out of pure nervousness!) and waited for my turn. I set up a 30 minute private session for Emerson to go first and then a 30 minute session for me.
It worked out really well and Emerson was very excited. He was excited that he was going swimming and that I was going to learn how to swim (even though he told me that he could teach me, lol). I was able to calm down and think for a minute while he was swimming. His lesson went really well considering he hasn’t had lessons in a couple of years.
While I am watching the clock and putting on my swim cap the nerves are finally setting in. Now, it’s my turn and there’s nothing I can do but to just go. I don’t know how those other people do it, but that water was too cold for me. LOL! My feet and legs were not ready for that. Thankfully, they had another pool with warm water where they were teaching a water aerobics class that we could go to. Thank you, Jesus! Now, that water was perfect.
My swimming instructor was a little young and not much bigger than my 8-year-old, but she was very knowledgeable and patient with me. I started wondering about how would she rescue me and get me out of the water if I drowned, just a random thought as I walked to the end of the pool.
I blowed my bubbles like blowing out candles on a birthday cake, held my breath and put my face in the water (with my goggles on), and blew bubbles with my face in the water. I had to hold on to the side of the pool and practice kicking, then hold on to this floaty thing, kick, blow bubbles with my face in the water and breathe while she guided me across the pool (twice!). At the end of the session, I had to try floating on my back. I did not like my ears being covered by water and that doggone swim cap had come off long before then. I guess it was too little. 🙂 SMH, $9 wasted. Anyway, I was able to float a little, but could not get the concept of trying to push my belly button up out of the water. I mean, who does that? Most women try to hold their stomachs in all day. And to be told to push it out is crazy. LOL, I did it even though it didn’t feel normal. I guess it worked enough for her to have to guide me because I did not want to let go of the pool when it felt like I was going to float away.
Overall, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. My arms and legs were burning from the intense workout you get with swimming, so for that alone I will be back for my next lesson. I am a work in progress. Once I learn how to swim, this will be a memory that I will get to share and laugh about often.
I forgot to tell y’all that I almost died! Well, I may be exaggerating a little but I did swallow some water, started panicking, coughing, and gasping for air…like a fish flopping around out of water. 🙂 I can laugh about it now, but not then because I couldn’t breathe. I’ll bet those people doing water aerobics were looking like what the….and laughing because I was loud. A true mess!
I want to give a special shout out to my Cousin Tiffany for taking swim lessons for the last two summers and inspiring me to do the same! Also, thanks to my friend Shan for recommending Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center.
My swim lessons will continue next week, be ready!
*All views expressed are my personal opinions and I was NOT compensated in any way to produce this post.