These two boys teach me lessons each and every day.
My oldest one( top) decided last year he was done swimming. He had a chronic cough, and he felt like he was missing out on life. He floundered for a year. Bouncing from one thing to the next, but nothing ignited his passion. After the season had started, he talked to his former coaches to see if he could join the team again, they happily welcomed him back. He had his first meet this weekend and while he didnt do well speed wise, his coach said he has never seen him work so hard.
He discovered his passion WAS to swim and he is now willing to do the work he needs to do to get in shape!
My youngest swam his first meet in the 13/14 age group. Those other boys towered over him...but he keeps on swimming.
He is not the fastest, nor the strongest. He doesn't win races, but he keeps on swimming.
HE DOES NOT GIVE UP. In spite of it all. He works on improving himself every day.
He said he wont quit "Because I can't reach my goals if I quit."
It's never easy, but it's ALWAYS worth it in the end.
Keep moving forward, keep working on your goals. Don't give up because it's hard. Work hard because it's worth It! You are worth It!