Going in deep
For many years I was afraid of the deep. I love water so much, it was important to face that fear . Swimming in five feet depth in the pool was safe, and that was my zone. Then I met Coach Kyle at the airport one day. He found I had technique, style and comfort, owning the shallow. There have been many coaches, trainers, swimming instructors and their classes which I attended for over twenty-five years periodically. Yet, it was not until that moment when I decided to overcome fear, I went into the deep. It was a mental thing, a mindset and a decision to control fear. To do this, consciously & subconsciously I had been preparing for weeks. Twelve strokes would get me to the point where I could stand on tip-toe. Then it would take six full strokes to touch the wall and I could not stand at that end – just hold onto the wall. I had to swim past the twelfth stroke without stopping. Finally I did it. After that day, coach did not allow me to swim close to the wall, he wanted me to own fear so I could feel it less. Coach Kyle was an Olympic trainer and swimmer for the St Vincent & Grenadines team. Not long after, I was unable to swim, due to an accident at work. It took so many years to do it, I need to get it back. This makes me ‘fear-less’.