The other night, after I finished working out at the gym, I stopped by the pool.
It was a beautiful evening, and I hung out for a few minutes enjoying the one day of perfect weather of the year.
Children splashed, lifeguards watched, parents smiled indulgently.
The near end of the pool was being used for swim lessons. A class of intermediate boys was practicing breathing to the side while they swam. A class of beginner girls was splashing with their faces in the water. And a family was learning to swim.
Yes, a family. The parents and their son (who was somewhere between 16 and 22—I’m not good at age-guessing) were working with an instructor and practicing their arm movements. They took turns doing three or four strokes while holding on to a floating dumbbell.
They struggled. They laughed at themselves. And they learned.
And I was reminded that you’re never too old to learn something new. You’re never too old to learn with your kids.
Here’s to trying something new today.