Drowning Myself To Overcome Fear

Drowning Myself To Overcome Fear

When I was younger, for one reason or another, I couldn’t learn how to swim as fast as other children. Like many, I wasn’t able to stay afloat or successfully hold my breath underwater because I feared I would drown. This fear of drowning captivated my every move and my every thought. It kept me from floating, it kept me from breathing properly, and it paralyzed my focus on going under. There were four routes my parents could have chosen: a) Enroll me in lessons at the local swimming pool. b) Stay patient and continue to work with me for several more weeks. c) Give up and accept that I would never learn how to swim. d) Throw me in the water and hope I’ll learn to move my arms. You guessed it. My parents took option D and I distinctly remember my...