Learning to Swim Essay

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What exactly is a memory? According to Mariam Webster a memory is “the power or process of remembering what has been learned.” I had countless childhood memories growing up: learning how to ride a bike, my first kiss, the first time I got stitches etc. Those memories from my childhood made me into the head strong person I have become today. However, one of the most significant memories of my childhood was learning to swim. Almost every child will encounter this event in some period of his/her lifetime, and will actually discover a great deal from it. I consider this to be a classic event in my life that will always be cherished, because it has influenced and marked my life in so many different ways.
It was the summer of 2007, I nervously walked up to my future swim coach. Her pale face paced back and forth on the pool deck yelling words of encouragement to the swimmers. A lot of the swimmers had red faces, and were out of breath from exhaustion. I was new to the team and was immediately intimidated by such a show of pain. The instructor looked at me and told me to get in the water for a warm up. She gave me a test to evaluate my swimming skills. I quickly introduced myself to some of my lane mates and slipped into the deep blue water.
After that “warm up” I felt weaker than ever before. Ms. Conway constructed hard sets to prepare the mind for races and physical pain. My body began to slowly adapt to the grueling work and started to view every set as a challenge. In no time,…