Since moving to Australia I’ve been attempting to try new things. This is all still a bit of an adventure for me. Tomorrow I’m trying something new, something which I’m pretty damn nervous about. I’m having my first swimming lesson as an adult.
To my shame, and to the amazement of every Australian I tell, I can’t swim. I never enjoyed it as a kid, I’d much prefer to be playing football. The thought of getting in the water when it was freezing cold and lashing it down with rain outside did not appeal to me. School swimming lessons were hell so I never really picked it up. I never really wanted to pick it up.
Now I’m in Australia things are a bit different. Pools, indoor and outdoor, are heated and for most of the year it’s nice enough to swim. I don’t but quite a few people have pools. Summer weather is closing in and already I’m feeling the temperature increase and were technically not yet out of winter. I plan to spend as much of the summer at the beaches and hopefully in a pool here or there. I’m also planning to spend New Year in Thailand. I need to develop the confidence to be able to dip my toes in the pool, let alone stroll into the sea. It’s almost a matter of necessity. I’m pretty damn nervous, I’ve always hated the water. Hopefully I’ll stick with the lessons and get the most from my first summer down under.