How Fear Almost Got Me Drowned

Fear is one enemy which has shattered so many dreams and lives. Fear is the reason so many people have countless unfulfilled dreams and unattained potentials. I personally have had countless encounters with fear.

I've always looked forward to the day I would go swimming, I had heard so many stories on the experiences of how fun swimming can be and I felt it would be a delightful experience. Finally, I had the opportunity to go swimming with my friends; I was so excited and anxious at the same time because I was scared of the water.

The day came for us to swim and I was as excited as a 5 year old on her birthday. We got into the pool, standing at the edges at the shallowest part (which was 4 feet high), the water reached just up to my abdomen. I was tingling all over out of excitement and scared at the same time. The feeling of the water waves around me increased the fear in me but didn't stop my excitement as I was still getting accustomed to the water.

One of my friends who was already used to swimming and walking around freely in the 4ft tall water then asked me to leave the edge of the pool and move around with her in the center area. I hesitated at first because I was scared I would drown if I moved an inch, then she told me that I can't possibly drown in there because the water was less than my height. I felt a bit assured and started moving slowly towards her; then it happened; the moment I moved a good distance away from the edge I became terrified and it was like my brain suddenly went off and began seeing flashes of movies where people drowned.

At that moment, my legs went numb and left the floor of the pool; I sank immediately and before I could realize what was happening I was already struggling to stay alive in the water. My friend immediately came and pulled me out to the edge of the pool.

It's funny when I think of it though, because all I needed to do was to straighten my legs and stand upright, but apparently, the fear in me at that moment didn't give me the chance to think like that.

After the experience I became even more terrified of the water; I sat for a while and thought about it, I realized that it was actually just fear that was holding me back, because if other people can swim freely without having any special skills then there's absolutely no reason it should be difficult for me. I told myself that all I needed to do was to believe it was possible and take that leap; and eventually I overcame the fear and began moving on my own freely in the pool; though it took a while and a whole lot of courage.

The thing is, whenever you want to take a step into something and you're scared it won't work out, just take a deep breath and tell yourself that you're above it. Even if you tried already and it failed, get up and try again and again.

Don't ever let fear be the dictator of your life, it's just a mere feeling.
Sometimes, all we may need to do can just be as little as straightening our legs just like I was supposed to in the pool.

In any situation you find yourself in try not to pay attention to fear because once you do, you can't see the little opportunities that can bring about solutions.

I hope you learnt a thing or two from my experience. Feel free to leave a comment down below. 

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