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Ben Masius
Fri Feb 6, 2015 4:43pm

Both of these are great quotes in my opinion. However, the quote by Friedrich Nietszche “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” applies to my life the best. I swam competitively for 7 years and some of the times are hard and you just want to give up but you know that in end it will only make you better and benefit you in the long run. The dreading three and half hour practices you would just want to quit, my coach always said “there is the door” just to give us that edge back and not quit because it was only helping ourselves get faster and get stronger. My best two events were the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley which some consider to be there hardest and most taxing events on your body. That’s not how I looked at it I saw it as a challenge and wanted to make myself stronger. Also I blew out my shoulder swimming my freshman year of high school in a swim meet and contemplated quitting because the doctor said I would never be as good as I was. I took this and applied the quote “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.” After I went through rehab and my shoulder was the best it could be I still was not mentally all back. I eased back into my training for three months until I was ready and had built my endurance back up to where it was before I got hurt. In my first swim meet back I was expecting to be close to where I was last year at the same time but I was nowhere close. It took time for my mind to trust my shoulder again but after I got past my mental block I was faster than I was before my shoulder. I was hurt but my injury was not going to cause me to die, I was only going to let it benefit me and take it from a learning experience. I did want I was set out to do and that was prove the doctor wrong and everyone else who doubted me.
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