Mini stories - of life story

by Kim Groshek (United States of America)

A decision that pushed me to the edge USA


I arrive 15 minutes early at the pool and start my swim. My master swim coach softly provides guidance on what to do for practice. I proceed to follow what he writes on the board. After the final workout, I stay a bit longer to swim more laps. I cool down then walk to the hot tub. I have been using hot tub lately, to take care of a muscle injury. The jets massage the tightened muscle. I get out. As I walked into the locker room, get ready for my shower, I see one last swimmer left from master swim, she is finishing up with her makeup standing at the mirror. She said, “Can I talk to you for a minute?” I said, “Sure.” She forcefully said, “Why do you come in and stay late? When you come early, you get ahead of everyone and you don’t say hi to anyone when we arrive.” She continued bluntly, “You don’t benefit from the extra yards, you know. After a while, it just becomes muscle memory.” Without giving me time to answer, she proceeded with a louder voice, “And you didn’t even say thank you for the swim cap I gave you for Christmas.” She continued, “Master swim is a team. If you haven’t noticed. And you don’t act like you are a part of the team. You don’t need to do 4000 yards.” She stormed over to her locker, picked up her bags. I said, “Wait, you didn’t even give me a chance to respond.” I continue, “I said Thank you for the gift.” Then, the swimmer proceeded to go on about how I said something different than a thank you. I said, “I’m sorry that you didn’t hear my Thank you.” She Then just walked out of the locker room. I stood there, dumbstruck In the midst of placing my suit in the suit drying machine, uncertain what just happened. Holding back tears. I look-up and saw an elderly lady getting ready for her swim. She looked as if she was in her 70’s. I said, “Good morning, how are you today?” She said, “Well, it was hard getting out of bed this morning.” I said, “I totally understand. There are days when I don’t feel like getting up, but then I do and I’m happy I swam.” "I am glad I am here.” She stated. I said, “I am glad you are here too.” In the shower the warm water hit my face, tears welled up in my eyes. Bringing It All Together You will be tested by problem people.A healthy way in dealing with difficult people will train you to handle stress more effectively and decrease the likelihood of bad effects. This goes for not only in life, but on the course as well.]