Food for Thought
There are two kinds of realizations that most people can have. One everybody knows of is the one that comes out of nowhere and slaps the you right across the face, or comes on like a light bulb over the head. The other is kind of tricky, and not everybody gets one. This one is slow and steady, kind of like a tortoise walking. They are like your shadow sitting around and you’re never aware of it until the suns behind your back and you dawn upon this new idea.
I have had one of these slow, tortoise-like realizations about swimming. I have swam for most of my life, and most of the time enjoyed it. After years of swimming though I now realize I had been deceiving myself. I’ve never liked swimming; it’s just plain boring. This idea occurred to me after a year or two of mountain biking. It has been so much fun that it woke me from my warped perception of swimming. I realized that swimming is no longer as fun or exciting as it was when I was younger, and that as time rolled on, I had been deceiving myself into thinking that it was fun.
This opened up a whole new perspective on life for me. I realized that if one is to do one thing for a huge chunk of time with no pauses or rests in between, one starts to confuse themselves. They confuse themselves so deeply that they think that the thing they’re doing is fun and that there is nothing wrong with it. The only way to get yourself out of this trap is to explore, or move on to a different subject or activity to do. This will make you realize that the one thing that you were doing is not as fun as it used to be. This is not a bad thing though, it means that you are broadening your horizons and experiencing more of the world than you originally thought there was. This will help you to gain your own tortoise like realizations about the world. In the end, this makes you a better person than those that sit in the doldrums and accept life for what it is. Go out there, explore, and experience.