I am scared of the sea. Not the sea per se, but the creatures therein. I hesitate to use the word phobic, as I think it’s a very over-used word these days, but I am really very unkeen on swimming in the sea. Because of the fish, crabs, jelly fish, eels, sharks … yeah, you get the point.
My eight-year-old nephew, Sam, was as scared as me, if not more so, and at the beginning of the holiday absolutely refused even to paddle in the sea. However after a week and a half, he had overcome his fear and was out there snorkelling with his dad, and absolutely loving it.
And I thought to myself, Caroline, if an eight year old child can overcome that fear, then you really ought to be able to do so as well.
So, with the help of my very patient brother, I did. I only went once, but I did it. I did have a bit of a panic a couple of times (small fish that looked like a snake – eugh!), but overall, I actually enjoyed it.
And it’s on my 43 things list to do again this year. So watch this space.
**The photographs I’ve used in this post were all taken by Ashley on various snorkelling/diving trips while we were in the Maldives.**