For years after I left childhood, I almost never swam. Now I live near a pool, and I started swimming again. I feel like I had far more energy for swimming when I was a child than I do now. It’s much harder than I remember.
The other day I went to buy a pair of goggles at a sporting goods store. There was a whole wall of goggles. When did this happen? It was the most complicated purchase I have made in the past few years. Were goggles always this specialized, or is this a new thing? Did my mother just buy the cheapest thing she could find?
Now I have my goggles, which are lovely, and I went swimming today. The goggles made swimming easier, but now I see how dirty the pool is.
Eat your heart out, Michael Phelps.