As part of the exercise of trying to overcome my fear of water, Cori had asked me to write a letter to myself at the beginning of my first lesson. I now look at the words; I see the obvious fear behind and between every word. The letter was full of words such as scared, envy, danger, drown, panic, and risky. The word that stood out the most was: impossible. A 31-year-old woman who was so scared of water that she chose to sit and watch instead of joining her friends at Lake Chelan (they were jetskiing like happy children). Yes, impossible that she would ever want to be in any body of water! But here I am.
Cori broke many of my pre-conceived notions about swimming. I now know that:
1. Swimming is not only about strokes
2. Somersaults (flips) in the pool are spectacular
3. Water does not work differently at the deep end of the pool
4. I do not have to do things I dislike in order to learn how to swim (seriously, I tried to do a handstand in the pool! So much fun).
5. Calm energy is strong energy
My relationship with water has changed for the better. And I owe it all to Cori, my amazing swimming instructor. It does not mean I will venture into any water body at any given time. Cori has taught me well. The goal is to have fun and to be safe.
Happy Swimming, folks!