A couple events before mine came up, I saw a kid that was mentally and physically challenged dive in the pool and swim a 100yard freestyle. This usually isn't a too hard of an event to swim but when I saw him struggle and swim the whole way without stopping, I knew that I had to at least try and if I loved this sport enough and tried hard enough that I would be able to finish the 500 race. |
When I got up to swim I was nervous, but the whole time I was up there and the whole time I was swimming I was thinking about that kid and all the dedication and determination he had. The more I thought about it, the harder I swam.
In the end, I placed third in the event and I knew that if I tried hard enough I would be able to finish anything I put my mind to.
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