Then I became a swimmer for my town’s swim team. When I moved many years later, I swam for a club team and then my high school team. I loved it! I loved feeling my fingers cutting through the water and pulling myself along while my feet and legs beat the water mercilessly. Each day I attempted to go faster and be stronger than the previous day. What happened you ask? Life and tests and other things that slowly became more important happened.
Fast forward 10 years and I was diving into the sea and swimming along the coast as my husband and his family walked along the beach. They thought I was crazy. They couldn’t understand what I was thinking or why I would want to swim in the cold sea. They, like many others didn’t understand me but they soon came to see that I am truly a fish. I long to be near bodies of water and to jump in and swim or play. I also long for challenges and giving back to the beautiful world I am lucky to be a part of.
So here we are, 39 years on this earth, and I have decided to take on my biggest challenge yet!!!!! The cogs in my brain began turning when my 6 year old son, who has Aspergers, was telling us we didn’t love him and he wanted to go away. He was saying that no one loved him, he was a bad boy and he wanted to give up ALL the time. This broke my heart every day and was NOT TRUE. Of course, we love him and we tell our children how much we love them all the time. Knowing first-hand how hard life is actually going to get for him as he grows older I wanted to do something to prove, to both my sons, the importance of mental strength, stamina and an unshakeable will to live and to push through the times when we all want to give up on life because, as we all know, life is definitely going to get harder.
This challenge began as getting my freestyle sprint time down and I also wanted to beat one of the lifeguards at work in a fifty-metre sprint. The challenge now?
I am going to swim the Channel. The actual English Channel. I will be posting short videos from my YOUTUBE Channel as and when I get a chance to talk about my training, diet and resting. I will also attempt to live feed the swim next year. If you would like to watch my videos over the next year please watch this space or check out my You tube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/lieslnorrisnewyear
I am swimming the English Channel to show my boys they really can accomplish anything they want through hard work, strength, endurance and perseverance. I’m swimming the Channel next year but I would swim across the world for my boys.