The last time I took a leap of faith was two years ago, when I signed up to become a camp counsellor at the summer camp of my dreams. I used to work as kitchen staff at that camp, but I wanted to try something new, see the place from a new perspective. I knew, however, that I needed to be able to swim well and have lifeguard qualifications. The thing is, at the time of hire, I did not know how to swim. I entered January 2019 with a new resolution – become a lifeguard in 5 months time. I...

The last time I took a leap of faith was two years ago, when I signed up to become a camp counsellor at the summer camp of my dreams. I used to work as kitchen staff at that camp, but I wanted to try something new, see the place from a new perspective. I knew, however, that I needed to be able to swim well and have lifeguard qualifications. The thing is, at the time of hire, I did not know how to swim. I entered January 2019 with a new resolution – become a lifeguard in 5 months time. It was perhaps the biggest leap of faith, the craziest thing I had ever done. And you know what? I went through with it. There were a lot of obstacles in my way – I was in my very first year of nursing school. I was taking an insane amount of courses, I had heaps of work to be done. However, that did not stop me from signing up for swimming classes and coming in to swim every, single, day. I cried a lot during that time. I failed every day, but soon some failures were replaced by victories. When it was finally time for me to do the timed swim at my lifeguard test, I broke down halfway through. I failed miserably that day. I did not go swim for three whole weeks after that. But then I’ve decided to try again, one last time. The week before my test I got my best friend to teach me all the techniques, how to glide through the water with minimal friction, how to dive deep into the water to rescue someone. I did not think I could do it, but I did. On the day of my test, I failed the timed swim twice. And yet the very next day, I showed up. I kept showing up. And on the third time, I passed with almost 30 seconds still left on my clock. I got the certifications, I secured my spot as a counsellor, I made dreams come into reality. After that, I started to have a lot more faith in myself. If I could accomplish what was seemingly impossible for a person at my level, what COULN’T I do became the real question.

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