My wife Donna just handed me this small pin. When I asked where it came from she said it was hers and she had it in her jewelry box.
Her question to me was "do you know how hard I had to work to earn this".
My answer was yes I do. All beginning swimmers work very hard to earn at the very least your beginners award.
At some point... the first day.... the first hour or ...the first minute you're sure you are going to drown.
Getting beyond that is hard work.