"Even treading water has its place"

When I was in my early teens, my family joined a beach club. In addition to the ocean, there was the opportunity to swim in a large indoor pool. I expressed a wish to take swimming lessons and approached my first lesson with eagerness. I still recall the disappointment to which I yielded when the instructor began to teach me the fundamentals of treading water.

"But treading water isn't what I want to learn. I don't want to stand still; I want to get somewhere. I want to swim the length of the pool and ..."

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