Letter: Lesson learned swimming across lake

To the editor:

The past weekend I entered an event called Across the Lake Swim in Kelowna, a 2.1 km swim across the Okanagan Lake with 900 other swimmers. http://acrossthelakeswim.com/

This was my first attempt at the swim and from what I had heard from others, I gauged that it would take me an hour.

I notified friends and family that I was doing the event and knew that some would be there for me at the finish line cheering me on.

So half an hour in and I was bang on track, then the current changed and myself and many, many more participants just hit the wall i.e. it did not matter how hard we swam we were either staying still or being blown backwards.

For an hour I swam and swam and swam getting absolutely nowhere. I turned down offers of help because I have a determined mind to finish anything I start. However, whilst I was ‘wadding’ water, it suddenly occurred to me that this is how life can be. You can plug away doing the same thing thinking you will get somewhere, knowing you can see the finishing line to your goal, but it does not matter what you do, you just cannot cross that finish line.

So, I eventually got persuaded to take a ride with a volunteer who had a boat, along with many other swimmers, and was dropped off just before the finishing line so that the people who had been there awaiting our arrivals could cheer us on! They were obviously concerned for the wellbeing of our safety so there was huge relief that we were all safe.

So to me the lesson here was, in your life you may well get to the stage where you feel you are going nowhere. If you feel this, there is no harm in asking for and accepting help to get you to where you want to get to. There is nothing worse in life than not feeling you are achieving something. So don’t ‘tread water,’ see who is around you who can help and enjoy the spring board to achieving that goal.

For me, I cannot wait to do the event next year and cross that finish line knowing that there are always people in your life who are there to help, whether they are family, friends or strangers who will give you a helping hand.

Happy achieving.

David Gadd,



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