I swim 3-4 times a week in a local private pool. Normally swimming is pleasant. Sometimes, my routine swim is disrupted and I lose my inner calmness. Losing a peaceful mind is the last thing I need in the evening.
I’ve been affected by some selfish swimmers. Their inconsiderate behaviours include lane hogging, edge hogging (stretching out their arms, ah, just relaxing), shouting or playing ball game in the middle of the pool, doing the backstroke badly in a crowded pool with no sense of direction, kicking people without even apologising when doing the breaststroke incorrectly.
I wonder why some people lack the common sense in using the pool. However, what’s common sense? Who created the rules? What I consider as common sense may not be the common sense of certain loud or inconsiderate swimmers. Our purposes are different. While I swim as a form of exercise for relaxation, these people relax by doing nothing in the water. I go there to ‘work’, but they go there to chat, socialise, soak — everything apart from the main purpose of a swimming pool – swimming.
I tried to seek sympathy from my husband. However, he shows the typical spirit of British fairness by not taking his wife’s side. He thinks that the hotel guests paid for their accommodations and the facilities, so they could claim the swimming pool as theirs, be joyous and behave like typical over-excited tourists.
What about me, a regular paying client to the health club? I argued my rights.
Swimmer and blogger: Understanding the rules
Swimming and blogging play a big part in my life. I can see how my expectations to both swimming and blogging are connected. I expect swimmers to be respectful and considerate. For example, just leave a lane for competent swimmers by not taking over the whole pool. If you’re very fat, it’s more important that you stay within your lane. If you don’t wear a Sat Nav on your forehead, refrain from the backstroke altogether in a crowded pool. If you hit me by accident, just say ‘sorry’ and I’ll be fine.
I expect swimmers to understand their goal. A swimming pool is for swimming. Does it need further explanations? A swimming pool is not a King’s Arms pub. If you are ‘edge hogging,’ arms stretching, chatting, soaking, your belly is never going to become smaller, your arms are never going to be like Michelle Obama’s toned arms, and you’ve also taken the tiny precious space that I need to hit the wall.
These rules of understanding your goal, be respectful and considerate are applicable to blogging. I write and I share my views in words. Do I have a goal? Yes, I would like to better myself in writing. If I persevere, I’m more likely to improve, to write well and to train myself to think more sharply. If I just stand around like the ‘edge hoggers’, without even trying, being too ‘relaxed’, I’m not likely to get the writing toned arms, am I?
I would like to have more wonderful news to share about my swimming in the future. I hope that all swimmers do swim, and if they can’t swim well, they can take time to learn how to breathe, kick, stretch in a good rhythm properly. Success is achievable. It took me many years of practice to become a competent swimmer. If they try hard enough, they’ll get healthier, and with everybody swimming, a friendlier and more energetic atmosphere in the pool will be generated.
In blogging, I’m trying as hard too.
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