I found my journal the other day and had fun paging through it. The coolest part was the cover, where I remember papering all sorts of encouraging, motivational quotes. Several of them apply as much to writing and life in general as they did to swimming.
So here, in all their decade-old semi-soggy glory, are those words of inspiration:
In case you can't read them:
"I am an investor. I invest all of my heart and soul."
"The most valuable gold and silver are paid for in sweat." (Or, really, any prize worth keeping)
"Most people want to win. But not everyone believes he or she is capable of winning. Empty works can fail thousands, but that which is in the heart, life will surely expose."