Saturday, February 18, 2006

Learn Like an Adult, Not Like a Kid

If you've ever watched a kid taking a swimming lesson, you see some pretty common things. They get the kids wet, make sure they aren't afraid of the water, show them how to kick using some sort of floatation device, and eventually break them of the float. What isn't so obvious is what is going on inside the kids' heads - all the brain wiring that is taking place. It's automatic for them. For adults, that automatic processing just doesn't happen. The work around means we must incorporate some very deliberate, very adult steps, to learn. Forthcoming entries will focus on some very odd, albeit important steps in learning to swim as an adult. Like the kids, we will learn to get wet, breathe, float, glide, stroke. The difference is, during the lessons we will learn why we must do certain things. Swimming seems so obvious - because kids can do it - but putting all the pieces together just doesn't happen for adults - the wiring isn't as fast. We will teach ourselves through physical understanding what is going on and why. This way, the student (you, perhaps), won't just jump ahead and learn to swim the wrong way. The worst thing you can do as an adult is learn the wrong way. If you do, you'll end up like all those adults you see in the pools who say they know how to swim, but quite frankly, look like they are almost drowning.

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