I have given up everything. I missed countless dances, parties, gatherings, etc. I even missed junior prom for a meet. I love swimming and I don’t mind giving things up for it, but it’s never easy. I don’t want to complain, especially because swimming has opened so many doors for me, but giving things up is hard. I was really looking forward to prom weekend. Not just because there would be drinking and partying, but because I would have been with my friends. See, with my swimming schedule, I miss out on a lot of “friend-time”. I missed my senior trip to Disney to train for a meet, and all I heard about for weeks before and after the trip were details of the trip. I was happy that my friends had such a great time, but it hurt knowing that I could have been there. See, I have this goal, and I’m really close to it, and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t put everything I had into reaching it. At the same time, I was really looking forward to having one normal high school senior experience. I wanted to do what everyone does, I wanted to have an obligation free weekend. I don’t have that now. In fact, there are so many things I will have to go to late, or leave early, or miss altogether. I know that I made these decision but it hurts sometimes. All my friends are posting pictures in our prom powerpoint group, and I see everything I missed. There are dinner pictures that I’m not in because I had practice. Same with party pictures, and junior prom pictures. It sounds ridiculous, but I want to be in those pictures. I want to be at those dinners/parties/proms. Don’t get me wrong, I would never give up swimming or my dedication to it, but after 3 and a half years of sacrificing my social life, I was looking forward to finishing up senior year with a little more free time.