Message from our Founder
Spring Is in The Air
How much has been lost over the past year? What if we looked at it as “what have we gained during the past year?” The first thing that comes to mind is perspective. What things deserve your undivided attention, what things deserve shared attention, and what deserves no attention at all? For me, this is where I gained perspective.
Over the past year, being present has taken a new meaning. The ability to multitask is a trait that has historically been praised but in my opinion, multitasking in certain situations is just an excuse for not being present. Let’s take family for instance. I have now conditioned myself to put my iPhone away the minute I walk in the house. Trust me, it’s not easy. Like an addict in his first days of treatment, it took me some time to get used to the idea of not having access to my significant other (my phone, not my wife) for an extended period of time. I figured that on any given weekday, I spend approximately 11 hours per day with my phone, which is longer than I will spend with my wife and kids. In comparison, I get approximately 2 hours of time with my wife and kids before we put the kids to bed in the evenings. That’s it, two hours per day. It means that if you put five weekdays together, I still spend more time hooked to my phone in one day than will I spend with my wife and kids for the entire week. That’s nuts! So, I made myself small and unimportant, put the phone away, and just became present. Yeah, the first few days were hard but as the saying goes, nothing that’s easy carries much value (or something like that). My family is the reason for my being so giving them that time has really put things into perspective for me and has taught me what’s truly important in life.
Over the past year, life has not been easy on our children, as well. They’ve had to learn new things and have had to make adjustments, just like us. For most of our children, the past year has been pretty sedentary, with many of the activities that we become accustomed to being stripped away from us. Getting our kids off of the couch after being conditioned to “just stay home” is not easy, but as parents, we know it’s right. This summer is looking very promising as many of the activities that we once had in our lives start to come back. Personally, my kids are swimming, playing t-ball, soccer, and taking music lessons. As life slowly starts to make a turn for the better, as parents, we must start to reacquaint ourselves with these activities. I’m happy to say that Evolution Swim Academy will be offering its seasonal swim activities, just as we have done in the past. Our seasonal swim lessons and spring swim team start now and summer sports camps in June. In June we will also be opening up our new swim center, Evolution Swim Academy Rancho Mission Viejo. It’s going to be a busy spring and summer for us, and we wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
Perspective has taught me that we have to prioritize, multitask when appropriate, and just let some things go. I’m better today at all three than I was prior to the start of the pandemic. If there was ever a silver lining it is this, we should all be appreciative and grateful that life gave us this restart. Some of us didn’t get so lucky but for those that did and get to continue on this journey that we call life, let’s agree to do it better. Let’s agree that this version of ourselves needs to be better than the last because if we forget the past, good or bad, we are bound to repeat it.
Take care and have a great April.
Felipe Delgado | Founder & Olympic Partner | Evolution Swim Academy