I have heard it said you are what you eat, (usually by crazies on a diet trying to reassure themselves or convince others to join them) but personally I don’t believe a word of it. However on occasions, I do wonder why we are the way we are?
Take myself for example, parts of my life have been less than ideal, so why am I not a bitter, tired of life, untrusting character
I’m not sure but I think a lot of the reason why I am the way I am is down to the fact that I have spent the majority of every day, for the past twenty plus years with positive, fun loving individuals who see the good in most things and believe anything is possible.
Wow, you may think, what amazing friends I have.
Who are these individuals? Are they mainly men or women?
Actually they are children.
Take the past few days for example. On Saturday I spent most of the day in the company of forty young swimmers aged eight years to fifteen at an outdoor adventure centre. Before we left they were in such high spirits that just standing near them would make your heart sing. All day we watched as they laughed, screamed and joked together. We smiled at them falling in mud, running wild and lying exhausted in the grass. The day finished with the group enjoying an hour of sliding down a slide into a mud pool, their happiness so contagious myself and a fellow coach joined in, remembering what it feels like to really let go and have fun.On Wednesday I met the same group for the final day before we break for summer. They were high on life, and we had another two hours of great fun. As they left, each thanked us for the swim year gone by, their respect and affection for us as much as ours for them.
I am now enjoying that ‘it’s almost my holidays’ feeling. There are no more 6am sessions until September, no rushing off each evening. Life will be a little less hectic for a while.
As I look back on a great swimming year with many successes as one of their coaches I feel a small sense of achievement, but when I think of this group and the other swimmers I have been lucky enough to have contact with this year I do so with a huge sense of gratitude. These wonderful swimmers have brought so much to my life, their joie de vive has infected me and thanks to them I have begun to view the world as they do.
People are good, anything is possible and every day is there to be enjoyed and lived to the full.
If life is weighing you down, perhaps look at the company you keep?
Photo by Rob Lamb. http://www.roblambphoto.com