I’m not going to pretend to be one of those people who writes inspirational posts for a living, because I don’t think the above statement is going to brighten anyone’s day. Instead, I think my forte is invoking people to laugh at my terrible humor.
This cartoon best explains how a swim instructor usually spends their time in the water with a beginner: half of the effort is merely consoling the swimmer and telling them that everything will be alright, and the other half is actually performing the task. The same is true for any teacher or coach in life. I chose to apply the panel angles from the child’s view in order to relate to the person taking the leap, instead of the one who is watching. It takes a lot of patience, but when they take that leap, it is so worth watching the expression on their faces. With many kids, I have successfully gotten them to overcome their fears in the water, not due to how I teach, but because I visualize what they might be going through. Okay, I guess that was some kind of inspirational writing, but I still refuse to be categorized in that realm.