I've had my ups and downs as a collegiate swimmer — and it has taken me a long time to be able to put the words into writing. But the more I tried, it turned into a poem.
Find gratitude in everything, even if you can't see it at the time.
You're staring at the water
Praying for time to pass
You dive in, head first
Then blink and you're off to class.
Before you even know it
You blink your eyes again
And those boys you've entered school with
Have turned into handsome men.
Each day you're working hard
And somedays you want to quit
But it's the team that you're apart of
That makes the pain worth it
So turn your attitude into gratitude
Lift you gaze up to the sun
Because those voices in your head
Will quiet when you're done.
So take all these precious moments
And make each one of them last
Because if you're counting down the days
You'll forget the ones that passed.
So take off your cap and goggles
Then hang your suit up to dry
And make your only regret be
How quickly time went by.