“Do good things come to those who wait? I don’t know; I guess it all depends. Growing up, they said my age group belonged to the microwave generation —impatient, wanting everything “popcorn quick.” That made it especially hard when I couldn’t accomplish my dreams instantly.

My journey in competitive swimming began when I was only a 5-year-old. I remember those early practices where the promise of a tootsie roll at the end of each lap was my only motivation to keep going. However, as I paddled through the years, my love for the sport took root, growing with me from junior high to college.

I wasn’t always the fastest, and to soften the blow of losing a race, my dad often told me, “You’re a late bloomer, Toby.” Giving me hope that one day, I would attain the victory.

Toby Moore is a columnist, star of the Emmy-nominated film “A Separate Peace,” and CEO of CubeStream Inc. He resides in Bourbonnais and can be reached through the Daily Journal at editors@daily-journal.com.

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