What’s the thing you’re most scared to do? What would it take to get you to do it?

As a cancer, I’m actually embarrassed to say this but I’m terrified of water. Not bath water or Essentia water, I mean anything that doesn’t allow me to stand up without drowning. I spent every summer from birth until the age of 12 in Antigua and I always remembered going to as many beaches as I can while I was there. Although I enjoy the beach waves rocking me back and forth as the sun beamed on me, I always made sure to stay closer to the shore as much as possible. I think my phobia of the water started at a very young age because I remember seeing a photo of 1 year old me at the beach on a picnic blanket, and box of KFC and I asked my mom how did that day go since my memory “card” has no recollection of anything before I turned 5.

I was told that she was with a friend who also had a newborn and they drowned. I’m not sure if they passed away that day or prior but it SCARRED ME for life. I told myself that I’ll never intentionally go into any body of water that will potentially take my life away from me. Now I won’t lie, I have taken a few swimming classes and I even took a risk one year at sleep away campy by swimming in a lake a few times, but that’s about it. The mind is so powerful because I was impacted by someone that I barely knew because they deserved to live .

I want to get over my fear before I’m 30 so I have about 2 more years to get a grip. I feel less sexy going into the water and just awkwardly squatting like a kangaroo while I’m on vacation. It’s definitely time to take some swimming lessons and utilize my local pool WAY more for practice. What was your first experience with a big body of water ? How has it changed over the years ?

2 responses to “The water sign that’s afraid of WATER”

  1. i am a Pisces and can tall you at the age of 67 am scared of drowning. i have bnever been a big watre person. i can swim nut as soon as i enter water i can’t stand in a fear developes and i panic swim to safer water. i made sure all 3 of my daughters could swim and not share my fear with them. Thankfully, they are good swimmers.
    Good luck in changing , if it is in mind to conquer then you will succeed.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I hope that this inspires you to embrace swimming in this chapter in your life, it’s never too late ๐Ÿ™‚

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