Discovering Los Angeles
Discovering Los Angeles
Several years ago, I visited Los Angeles for the first time. I arrived in the city one Monday morning, flanked by my spouse. It was cold for an August morning, but the thrill that filled me for coming into such a city made me feel comfortable. The city was new to me, and I initially thought that I would encounter many strange things in my stay there. However, I was mistaken because there was one thing that made me feel like a local. I learnt the art of swimming, an activity that I feared for long since I was a small kid. This activity, and the feeling that it brought with it made me feel like a local or a resident of L.A. This essay is aimed at explaining in details the experience that made me feel just like a local, and not like a stranger in Los Angeles.
Studying or learning something new can be a very daunting encounter. One of the toughest activities I had to do was learn how to swim properly. I have always felt scared of water, but I now believe that swimming is a very crucial skill for one to learn either for competition or fun reasons. Whatever the reason is, swimming is a good exercise and encourages self-discipline. What I did not recognize was that working out swimming would help me become more self-confident and also make my time in Los Angeles worthwhile and memorable at the same time.
For me, my swimming training was not a agonizing encounter because my trainer was a individual that I already knew. The trainer was my spouse who had travelled to Los Angeles with me. She used to be a swimming trainer, and I was present in a number of her classes in the past with past learners she had. Therefore, I realized how she proved helpful. Her grin and tolerance were encouraging enough for any shy student that desired to understand how to swim.
The initial feeling I would have predicted was discomfort for being a novice in something that my own spouse was already a professional. However, this did not happen at all. Actually, I experienced so much thrill because I was going to encounter something new with a individual I already knew. That means that I saw the shiny aspects. Nevertheless, my greatest issue was that I had to face my greatest fear: the water. Floating was the very first thing I learnt to do. Half of my worries were gone as soon as I experienced the floating feeling. I handled and enjoyed that for several hours. The other step was to take the water pizza off and use a kickboard in order to learn how to punch for the breaststroke. This was an easy process, so I learned how to punch within two days.
Things turned more complex when my trainer taught me the arm swings. It was somehow difficult for me because I had to focus on two factors, my divisions. I must acknowledge that I am not the most synchronized individual, so it took me a while to get along with the throwing and the arm patting performing both at the same time. I ingested lots of water during those classes and experienced foolish feelings but as soon as I started swimming the silly feelings transformed into an amazing sensation close to that of traveling over the water. Essentially I was overcoming my greatest fear.
Learning to swim turned out to be a less concerning encounter than I thought it would be. Actually, not only did I handle and overcome one of my greatest worries, but I also discovered that going through a process with relaxed and persistence might lead to complete success. It definitely seems amazing when you accomplish the objective you have set for yourself. Learning to swim was not simple for me, but at the end of all these, my determination paid off. Not only did I understand how to swim and to overcome my worry of the water, but I also discovered something about learning. Now when I am experienced with a new scenario I am not so anxious as I have learned that I can do everything if I am keen and attentive.
Los Angeles for me proved to be a second home. I was not in any way homesick or disappointed at what I expected of the entire city. I felt like a local and did what the locals were doing. This was in contrary to other cities that I have visited whereby I felt like an intruder or a stranger who was unwanted. In conclusion, Los Angeles was an interesting city, given the fact that I learned something new that I had not thought of learning previously. I literally lived a proper and beautiful life there, and I would revisit L.A in the future.
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