Tuesday, September 17, 2013
While swimming lengths at the pool recently, I was surprised to feel fatigue setting in around the 3/4 mile mark. I contemplated slowing down or even cutting my swim short, but then I considered the salmon in my local river. When they were young, they made their way down to the ocean. Now, those fortunate enough to have survived to maturity have returned to their birth river. Swimming upstream against the current, periodically challenged to leap over rock barriers, these salmon exert themselves fully for days on end. Their goal is to return to their spawning grounds regardless of the hurdles that await them en route. As I thought about the determination each one of them exhibits during that long and arduous journey, it was an easy decision to finish out my little swim without compromise.