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Dien Rice November 24, 2000 12:49 PM

My competitive swimming and struggle with asthma
 
I've suffered from life-long asthma.... Partly as a result of this, when I was a kid, my Mom encouraged me to swim, since swimming is supposed to be good for asthma.

So I trained, I even had a coach every week. I even swam competitively.... But more than one time, my asthma held me back.

I was in a competition -- it was the 200 meter freestyle. That's four laps of a 50 meter pool. I could usually do it without a problem.

The whistle blew, and we kids dived into the pool and starting swimming like crazy. I had been a good swimmer -- I found something I did well in! Moving my arms and legs as fast as I could, I sped like a bullet to the end of the pool.

I did a turn around, and started heading back for the second lap. But then, tragedy struck.... I started getting winded. My asthma was kicking in.... I slowed down my arms.... I found it hard to breathe.... I couldn't make it....

I had to swim to the side of the pool and get out. I just couldn't go on, because I could hardly breathe....

As I walked out of the pool, I fought for breath... and I was also deeply embarassed and ashamed.... What would the people think? Someone in a competition to swim four laps, who couldn't even swim just TWO laps of the pool?

I went to my Mom sitting in the stands, and sat next to her, wheezing and fighting for breath. Having difficulty breathing is a horrible experience....

I'd like to tell you that I went on to become an Olympic swimming champion, or something like that. But it didn't happen. I did continue in other competitions, and I generally did quite well.... But competitive swimming was never my love, although I was good at it....

However, even though my competitive swimming did not lead to a career, it led to other things.... Including my love of body-surfing and skin-diving!

I can't describe the thrill I have when I catch a wave, and I can feel the water swirling around me, and see the surface of the water, in front of the wave, rushing towards me....

And the majestic and delicate beauty of the underwater world, especially of the beautiful fluorescent-colored fish and the brilliantly-hued corals of a coral reef....

These truly are my loves! Yet my path to them was through competitive swimming.... Something I didn't enjoy, but did work at!

So.... Put in the effort....

Because you never know where you will reap the rewards!

Dien Rice

sandy November 24, 2000 02:25 PM

Re: My competitive swimming and struggle with asthma
 
>

> However, even though my competitive swimming
> did not lead to a career, it led to other
> things.... Including my love of body-surfing
> and skin-diving!

> I can't describe the thrill I have when I
> catch a wave, and I can feel the water
> swirling around me, and see the surface of
> the water, in front of the wave, rushing
> towards me....

> And the majestic and delicate beauty of the
> underwater world, especially of the
> beautiful fluorescent-colored fish and the
> brilliantly-hued corals of a coral reef....

> These truly are my loves!

What a wonderful story Dien...Your Passion
seems to be coming through loud and clear in
these passages...Just curious: are you doing
anything offline or online with your interest
in diving or body surfing?
I'm asking because sometimes we overlook
the things in life which give us the most
joy...

Dien Rice November 24, 2000 11:22 PM

Sandy, thanks for your inspiring reply.... :)
 
> What a wonderful story Dien...Your Passion
> seems to be coming through loud and clear in
> these passages...

Thanks Sandy! You know, you're also an inspiring person yourself, I enjoy your posts.... :)

> Just curious: are you doing
> anything offline or online with your
> interest in diving or body surfing?

> I'm asking because sometimes we overlook
> the things in life which give us the most
> joy...

Sandy, that's very true.... I'm not doing anything with that right now.... I have thought about it though. :) But I haven't done anything yet....

However, thanks for the reminder Sandy.... :) I'll have to add it to my "to do in the future" list.... Right now as well as Sowpub, I also have couple projects in the works aimed at stock market investors, and I still have a couple physics research collaborations going too.... :)

And of course, I've been discovering more and more how the business world "works".... I think that knowing that is some of the most important knowledge you can gain, if you want to be in business. Knowing the system -- from manufacturers, to distributors and importers/exporters, to the retail stores, to the customers.... OR via mail order, or one of the other countless ways of promotion and distribution....

My view is once you know the system and how it works, you can figure out how to best become part of that system in a way that suits you and which you can have the greatest success.... And that's what I'm discovering now. I've learned MUCH more in the last few months than I've learned in the past several years of looking into business, because now I'm focusing on it full-time.... It's a great education!

However, not all of it is what people want to hear.... I don't believe there is a "magic" solution, just do this and you'll become a millionaire. It takes work, it takes networking, it takes promotion and marketing, it takes ideas, it takes testing....

But I DO believe there are "easier" ways and "harder" ways to do it, and I'm in the process of finding all the "easier" ways I can.... :)

I've learned a lot from Gordon... By far the most important things I have learned are in Remote Hypnosis.... I discovered that you have to put it into practice, and try it out, and then it can start to take effect, and people start to pay attention.... :)

Thanks Sandy.... :)

Dien Rice


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