“You don’t understand. Drowning in the ocean is literally my biggest fear,” said my friend half an hour before she completed the 1km ocean swim from Cooloongatta to Kirra over the weekend (which turned into almost 2km, when she swam off course).
I once heard that you should write down the 5 things that scare you the most. Because imagine how you would feel once you overcame 1, let alone 5 things.
Fears can control us. They can stop us from fully living. They can stop us from doing what we are passionate about, meeting incredible people and embracing opportunities that may not only shape us, but the world around us.
Jumping into the metaphorical deep end of life can be terrifying. But keep a strong group of swimmers around you and trust me, you won’t drown.
I cheered on two of my beautiful uni friends swim in the race on the weekend. Neither had ever done an ocean swim. One overcome her greatest fear, the other reignited her passion for swimming competitively for the first time since in a few years and came 3rd!
I couldn’t be prouder. Nor could I be more inspired by their passion, drive and courage.
If you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time around, I must be doing pretty well.