Mondays. Just the word makes most people cringe, and the day is acknowledged as a universal synonym for “ugh.” With that being said, I’ll tell you about a normal monday for me.
I wake up around 5:45, grab breakfast, head to the 6:15 class at Wright Training, head home, shower, eat more breakfast, arrive to school at 8, do homework until 9, sit in class until 3, then go to swim practice until 5:30. Once home I do four more hours of homework, eat dinner, more homework, then go to bed by 11:30 or 12 depending on the amount of social media I need to catch up on. The rest of my week sounds a lot like my mondays, except for fridays, which I miss every week in order to travel to swim meets around the state. With the pressure of maintaining good grades, the looming thought of college applications, and the exhaustion that comes with three hours of exercise everyday after usually only of 6 hours of sleep, I don’t argue when somebody calls me overworked. But, at the same time, I will definitely argue when somebody calls me crazy. Over the years, I have learned that by managing my work load, no matter the size, I will see success. If I have three tests the next day, I won’t skip out on practice. Instead, I accept that I may need to sacrifice a smaller homework assignment or my various social media accounts for the extra study time. I do my homework from the friday that I missed on the bus on the way to meets, so that I have more time for rest on sundays. If I need help on a subject (usually pre-calc), I go and talk to my teacher during lunch or during my studyhall instead of missing a session at Wright Training or an hour of swim practice.
In the end, I do well on my tests, and I do well in my swim meets. If I could explain my life during swim season in one word, it would be “BALANCE.” The reason I jam-pack my days with front squats, five page essays, and incredibly arduous sets of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, is so that I can be victorious in and out of the pool. My mother likes to say “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” but I disagree with that. I don’t think it’s luck that comes out of working my ass off. I believe that by working my ass off, I’m knowingly and willingly working towards the results that I want. I am part of a successful swim team, the Jackson Hole Swim and Dive Team, which has been Conference champs eight times in a row, and State champs three times in a row (my freshman, sophomore, and junior years). I placed first in the 50 freestyle at this year’s Conference Meet, and third at this year’s State Meet. Which is pretty cool, considering I didn’t even make it to finals my previous two years at State. Both the 200 Medley relay and the 200 Free relay placed first as well. I accredit my results on staying dedicated to the grind in the pool, in the classroom, and in the gym, instead of letting my bed and phone become more appealing than being successful.