"They let me pick, did I ever tell you that?
The legions of Spartans, all strong, brave, a natural leader.
But I picked you, because I saw that you had something, some quality that the others did not.
You have luck.
Was I wrong?"
-Halo 3 "Arrival"
A lot of things in life are controlled by luck. So many things.
Nicole, who is REALLY fast, and yet doesn't work that hard at swimming. She's kinda lucky.
I realized something, after I was looking at MagicFantastic's journals about drugs.
I've never had any drugs, smoked anything, or had a drop of alchohol (except when my grandma gave me a sip when I was 3 so I could know what it tasted like).
But there are people, who, by my age, have.
I don't hate these people, or even dislike them. I don't respect them, but that's totally different.
I realized that I have avoided all of these because I got lucky. And I will continue too, also, with any more luck at all.
A few days ago, our swim coach told us about how we had to avoid drugs. She said that some person on the swim team had made a bad decision, and it had interfered with many things.
I only had the vaguest idea of what she was talking about. Someone had done something, and gotten suspended, was my suspicion.
I never expected to know who it was.
This person actually later told me. They shall remain anonymous.
And I see how easy it was for them to get into this situation.
I have only avoided it by sheer luck.
In 5th grade, I got Scoliosis. That was extremely lucky. 3% of the population has it.
It was lucky, because that started me swimming.
And, I hated swimming for a while.
But my parents made me go. Now I love it.
And it has, and will continue to, protect me from drugs.
Not just because it's something to feel passionate about, something already healthy and not chemically addictive to lose myself in for pleasure.
Also, because drugs would ruin it. I would never want to smoke a cigarette... Never.
I have great lungs. I can hold my breath for nigh on 2 minutes. And I would never want to sacrifice that.
I would never want to sacrifice swimming.
Because, swimming feels GREAT. I can't say it feels better than drugs, because I wouldn't know, but it does feel great, and has no hang over or waking up and going oh-my-god-my-life-still-sucks-let's-get-high-again.
I'll show you.
In Spring of 2007, my 50 free was well over a minute.
In fall of 2007, I had a 49.12
In spring of 2008, I got a 42.87
In fall of 2008, I got a 36.56
In spring of 2009, I got a 30.12
In fall of 2009, I got 27.30
And just this morning, I got 26.80
That kind of improvement (cutting it in HALF!) is amazing to me, and it feels wonderful.
So, that's why I harbor no resentment towards drug users, but I urge everyone too, if you have a problem with drugs or alchohol, find some other passion. Some other passion that you can enjoy MUCH more than drugs, that is much more HEALTHY than drugs, and that you can also use as a brief escape from life (as long as you're willing to deal with life when you return, that is.)