Jane, Age 73
I have a new goal for this summer. It’s just for myself; admittedly, inspired by my sister who took up swimming after she retired. I am swimming the length of our community pool, and increasing the distance each time I jump in.
The weather is hot here, so morning swims are refreshing, and peaceful. I enjoy the pool when by myself, or with my Saturday swim buddy. Glad to be gone when the afternoon crowds appear.
Now that I’m almost retired from my work schedule, much of what happens at home is shared with my husband…cooking/food shopping/errands etc. I’ve lost the feeling of complete independence that came with my own office/ title/work desk/schedule and professional responsibilities. So this swimming is purely my own, and the satisfaction that comes with each increase in distance swum is for my personal pleasure.
When I shared this venture with my twelve year old granddaughter, she seemed surprised…then thoughtful. I hope it will inspire her to set some of her own goals, and to challenge herself to aim a little higher in whatever she undertakes.