The pandemic didn’t enable us to shut 2020 and it has not allowed us to begin 2021 with the enthusiasm of goals and new tasks. I skilled that feeling of weak point and exhaustion lengthy earlier than COVID-19 and at completely different levels of life, nevertheless it has jogged my memory of a specific second: my swimming crossing the English Channel, thought-about the Everest of swimming. At this time I need to share with you the classes that that have left me in order that you can also cross this or some other roll of the wave in your life.
I can’t anymore!
After many hours of swimming I nonetheless didn’t advance, and worse nonetheless, it appeared that removed from progressing and regardless of how a lot effort I made to proceed, the present would return and transfer me away from the French coast. The water temperature was 16 levels Celsius, the wind was inflicting a excessive swell and it actually rolled me with each stroke. I used to be on the edge.
As night time fell, and after greater than 9 hours swimming, the chilly was turning into extra intense. The waves prevented me from seeing clearly and the sensation of swimming with all my energy with out advancing clouded my enthusiasm and dedication to the level of shouting “I can’t go on anymore, I can’t go on!”
At that second, my paternal grandfather Austin B. Hawley – who was a soldier in World Struggle I as half of the English Military – got here to my thoughts and I remembered a chat we had a few years in the past.
He informed me that he survived the battle not out of optimism, however with just one aim in thoughts: reaching the finish. It doesn’t matter what occurred alongside the manner, his aim was to attain the finish of the battle alive by controlling what solely he might management: his angle and his feelings. That is precisely how my grandfather Austin got here residence alive: “that was my secret weapon in the most troublesome moments,” he confessed to me.
Then I mentioned to myself: “The essential factor right here is to preserve going till we attain France, regardless of how a lot time is left or how troublesome the swim is. Simply preserve going to get to France, controlling my feelings and my angle in the direction of this problem ”. And that’s what I did, I reached the shore after swimming for 14 hours and 33 minutes a distance of 33 kilometers.
Now that we’re about to finish the first month of the 12 months with no ultimate date for confinement, after the deaths of family members, the infections of many extra and the stress of dealing with day-to-day tasks, our swim via life can appear unimaginable, however it’s not.