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…