Why "1WaySwim"?

"1WaySwim" is a reference to my favorite movie Gattaca. Spoiler alert...if you haven't seen the movie stop reading now! A running theme in the movie is a contest that the two brothers in the movie do as a way to prove which of the brothers in the stronger swimmer. The challenge...both brothers jump into the ocean and start swimming out away from shore. The first person to give up and turn back to shore is the loser. The oldest brother Anton is by far more athletic and can out-perform his younger brother Vincent any day of the week, so Vincent is always the one turning back first and returning to shore. However, in one of the final scenes of the movie Vincent challenges his older brother Anton to one last swimming contest and wins! At the point Anton realizes that his younger weaker brother is out-swimming him he yells ahead and asks his brother how he is doing this. Vincent replies, "You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back." At this point Anton is scared of failing and scared he might not have the strength to swim all the way back to shore so he gives up. That fear gripped him so hard his body failed him on the return swim and he began to drown. Vincent had to save Anton.

So what does this have to do with me? I don't believe in doing anything half way. If you are going to put forth the effort to do something....do it right and give it everything you have. Don't hold anything in reserve for the swim back! Vincent realized that his will to win was enough to beat his brother who was a much stronger swimmer because Vincent was willing to pour his heart and soul into that swim. In the end it wasn't Anton's strength that failed him, rather it was his fear of failure. We can't be afraid to fail. Failure is only truly a failure when it keeps you from trying again. We all need to learn to harness some of that intensity and focus that Vincent put into that swim and apply it to our everyday lives.

 

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