Since becoming a coach I have realized how much fear can impact what we do, or do not do in life. It is a huge noose around our necks that stops us from enjoying many things in life but in many cases it is not based on truth. I decided it was time to bury that fear of deep water and put on the googles and learn how to swim properly. Was I afraid? There were moments when the lifeguard said " Just dive under and breathe this way". I had lots of water up my nose, swallowed a few mouthfuls of water and looked absolutely ridiculous - but that is totally okay. I have decided it is now or never. Now sounded much better.
My girls and my husband are in shock! Mom, swimming.... putting her head under water... wearing goggles. I am in shock too, if you told me a year ago I would be doing this, I would have thought you are totally nuts. But it has happened and I WILL learn how to swim.
I want you to think about WHAT makes you fearful. I want you to think about WHY you are fearful. I want you to decide if it is based on truth, false assumptions, or insecurities placed on you by others or just laziness to conquer the fear. I could have rationalized many reasons not to take these lessons. Why bother , I am 55. I am not going to be able to do this and I might fail. I am going to look like a fool. Who would want to teach an older woman how to swim? But instead I AM doing it.
You see I dont want to live with regrets ten years from now, wishing I did try these different things. What is the worse thing that can happen? I can fail, but I can learn from the failure and use that to teach myself other new skills. Living in a land where there are so many opportunities to learn is a gift. Amazing opportunities to learn a new skill, hobby, language or whatever it is that you have been denying yourself the time to make it happen. I would encourage you, no matter what your age to start investing in yourself. You are worth it, you deserve the opportunity to learn, to overcome and tackle the fears that have held you back. Let me know what you need to tackle and maybe I will meet you in the pool :) We can do lengths together!