“Toy Story.” Any little boy’s favorite movie, but definitely not mine. Yet I found myself quoting Buzz Lightyear’s “to infinity and beyond” and battling space aliens constantly.
Matthew, an adorable special needs three-year-old was petrified of swimming. Though he had a great affinity for “Toy Story,” his affinity for water was not large. Luckily, I used both his love of “Toy Story” and my perseverance to help him overcome his fear of water and enjoy swimming.
If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would be teaching swimming lessons to special needs children. Teaching swimming enables me to empower children to become more confident and capable while highlighting their accomplishments. Especially for Matthew, when his schoolteachers were impatience due to his special needs, I helped him normalize his life.
Though not a huge impact on the entire world, teaching swimming lessons would enable me to build capable future generations by developing their confidence, patience, and determination one child at a time. If I could make a living out of teaching swimming lessons, I would begin by holding one class at the local pool. As interest grew, I would even oversee a whole series of lessons as a summer camp for special needs children.
From blasting off like Buzz’s spaceship into the water, to floating on his back with arms out like Buzz’s wings, I helped Matthew become confident. If I could, I would utilize these skills to help many other children reach “to infinity and beyond.”