Just Dive In and Get It Over With!

I swam competitively for about 10 years. I HATED the initial shock of the water. I prefered to ease myself into the water, which drove my coaches crazy and eventually wasn’t tolerated. 

I sure could have used a lesson from this turtle. 

Back then. 

And now! 

Just dive in and get it over with!


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15 responses to “Just Dive In and Get It Over With!

  1. angelcel


    I used to be a reasonably good swimmer but hated diving, with a vengeance. My eyes also reacted badly to the pool chemicals and the doctor got so sick of seeing me in the summer months that he wrote a note to the PE teacher to say that I shouldn’t dive any more. Of course she roundly ignored it, made me dive and I was back at the doctor’s surgery within a week. My mother was not best pleased …and trust me, you didn’t want to be on the receiving end of her wrath! I never dived again but I was also treated as a bit of a social pariah by that teacher.

  2. I think just dive in and get it over with is also a great analogy for life too! The turtle photo sums that up perfectly.

  3. I love that juxtaposition in your personality! Part of you is a shark, ready to attack and swim like crazy. But another part wants to slowly slip into the water and get used to it, rather than thrashing around.

  4. Nothing wrong with easing into things. I’ve found over the years that my innate caution was typically much more rewarding than just diving in. That is, fewer regrets. I wonder what that turtle is regretting now? 😉

  5. I was a competitive swiimer too! I always had to jump in and get it over with. Good luck!

  6. I want to kick out my legs like that and catch some air. Looks like fun! =>

  7. Awww he’s just too cute!

    Good luck this weekend. Isn’t this when you see the family? Just breathe……

  8. Are we sure that turtle didn’t just gradually slide in? Seems the only way to enter water that is colder than a bath would be to me. I used to love to swim. I loved to swim after I got used to the water temperature, at least when I was an adult. As a kid, I don’t think I cared much. But then, we swam in lakes, where you pretty much had to walk in, at least for a distance.

    As for the weekend, hold your breath, dive in and tread water. It won’t last forever.

  9. ck

    Even knowing that, I still find it impossible to just jump in.

    You can do it, Jane. You’re tougher than you give yourself credit for.

  10. Ok seriously, I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years too!! What’s your Mom’s name?? Is it Pam?? 😉

  11. I never minded the shock; I just swam faster. My problem is the entry. Like a bull entering a china shop. A doe slamming into a convienent store. A swimmer nearly belly flopping.

  12. A good philosphy for life! I actually don’t swim. I’m terrified of the water.

  13. I’m like you, I always have a hard time getting wet. Which is ridiculous, considering how much I love to swim. I should just jump in, but no, instead I suffer slowly…

  14. I am with you Jane on the water shock. Our kids have no such problems and unfortunately I am jumping into the chilly water chasing them. Blah…

  15. Just found your blog today and read your whole first page. You’re a hoot, and thought-provoking too. Cheers!

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