(No idea why I wanted to post this. It was just going through my head)
I just realized, while in my thinking about going to PNS champs is why do I do this? Why do I compete? There will always be one guy ahead of me. If I beat him, there's a hundred more behind him. If I beat those hundred, there will be a thousand more swimmers that will make me feel inferior AGAIN.
So why? What's the point? Why does anyone do anything? I think it's because when I beat that one guy ahead of me, I feel just a little bit better. Those hundred behind him don't matter. I've beaten that one guy.
What I'm mainly trying to say is that, when you do things, don't do them because you're always trying to achieve that elusive perfectness. You will never achieve it, and you'll miss all the joy that comes from the DOING. Don't spend your entire life as a workaholic so that you become rich at 60. Life is about the doing.