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Facing my fears to learn a vital skill

Tale: 10/12.

Location: Zakopane, Poland.

Mission: Learn a skill most people did already as a kid.

It’s not always easy to admit that you are bad at something. But when it’s obvious that you are, there’s no point in hiding it. That should actually spark you to do something about it. That’s what happened to me, so I decided to reveal my weakness to the world and be open about it: That’s when action comes into play and you give yourself an opportunity for improvement. And in this case the skill that I’m lacking might be vital.

I was born on the icy and snowy conditions: Those are the first elements I got really familiar with. I learned to skate when I learned to walk basically. We used to travel a lot as a family when I was a kid and also to summery conditions. Water was of course present all the time, but nobody ever taught me what to do with it, except to drink it. I went to swimming school at the age of 6 or 7, but all I was taught was to float “turtle style” and if you know what I’m talking about, that means nothing. I must have been very reluctant already at that age, of course I would have learned to swim otherwise. It was my way or the highway.

Nowadays I strive to succeed passionately and that shows not only in doing something totally different from the mainstream but also in learning new things. It’s never just about learning a new skill, it’s also about improving as a human being and making yourself a more complete athlete and person. Mobility wise there’s a lot to do and like I’m saying in the video, keeping everything relaxed basically all the time seemed to be hard to grasp. In many sports there’s always tension followed with relaxation and then tension again (for example hockey, lifting weights, jumping etc.). That’s basically the biggest difference between swimming and most other sports. But it surely helps when you do a high variety of other activities, that’s when you give yourself a better chance to evolve.

Tuomas

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