- art classes
- horseback riding
Once they recognized that I had no affinity or skill for organized sports, we stuck to things that did not require teammate reliance. Swimming was a big part of my childhood. I took lessons up to the Lifesaving levels. However, after failing Bronze Medallion three times (the prerequisite to taking the lifeguard courses), I finally gave up and accepted that I would never be one of those cool, blonde lifeguards who were always crazy tanned and wore these sunglasses:
These seemed cooler when I was 15 and my dreams were being shattered.
The reason I could never pass Bronze Medallion and why I'm pretty sure I was 'pity passed' in previous levels was because I couldn't dive. To this day, I still can't dive. I love swimming and jump at every chance to be in the water, but I always end up with a nose and lung full of water, sputtering up from a belly flop. I've hated that I can't do this for years, but the older I got the harder it was to try. Plus, there aren't a lot of deep end pools in which to practice.
But, a big fan of lists and making myself do new things, I created a Summer 2012 To Do List. It looks like this:
- Watch "All The President's Men"
- Stand in the intersection of Main & Ottawa streets
- Go horseback riding
- Try Priest Burger in Toronto
- Learn how to play dominoes
- Go to Taste of the Danforth
- Learn to dive
I put some of this list on a recent dating profile and received the following email:
"How can you have a car but not know how to drive? Hyuk, hyuk." Idiot illiterate.
Anyway, learning to dive has become a priority so at my friend Naomi's birthday party, we spent a beautiful day by a deep end pool and I met the challenge head-on.
Even after what seemed like several hours, this was the best dive. Sigh.