It’s okay to enjoy the present.

I like to swim, but I’m hardly fast at it. Rather than gracefully cutting through the water, I flounder, with awkward technique and uneven breathing.

The one thing I have, though, is consistency. When I swim and put on goggles, I blend into the background of whatever environment the pool tends to be. Because I’m slow, boring, and rarely break my pace, most everyone tends to forget about me after a few laps.

The few times I have been approached, usually after leaving the pool, the questions always the same: “How many laps did you do?” It doesn’t matter age, sex, or weight, the question comes from every walk of life.

When I first was asked this, I tried to make up a number. “30? 40? 50?” I would lie, but what came next would always be the same. Some sort of harmless compliment, some pleasant niceties.

But honestly, I didn’t know, and I didn’t care. Because my goal wasn’t to swim X number of laps. My goal was to unwind, and think. It’s an environment where I’m not tempted to wear electronics. Underwater, I can barely hear anyone speak, and when my eyes follow the line, I can’t see anyone either.

Every time you do something, you can always measure yourself against something. A goal you must hit, a person you’re always chasing. This could be because of Past experiences, or moving towards a future you envision for yourself.

But sometimes, it’s okay to be in the present. To just think, reflect, and enjoy the moment while it lasts.

Top writer in UX Design. UX, Data Visualization and Data Science. Author of Data Persuasion: https://tinyurl.com/rndb9bw. Substack: dataanddesign.substack.com

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