I didn’t learn to swim until I was in high school. I did try to learn how to swim when I was younger, but the fear of being unable to step on the bottom in the pool made me not want to go into the water at all. It was until one semester in high school, the physical education class required students to swim, I had no choice but to bite the bullet and get into the water no matter how unwilling I was. And you would never see me in the water without the floating board, even though the pool was only 140 cm deep.
Unexpectedly, the teacher demanded us to learn backstroke. Good grief! The moment the teacher asked us to lie on our back in the water, I was really scared to death. I couldn’t relax my muscles and bones at all! But I didn’t know where the thought came from in my mind. It inspired me to try it at ease. No matter what, even if I fail, I wouldn’t drown. Why didn’t I just try to relax? Then I started to encourage myself to feel that the water is not horrible, just relax and lie down. Gradually, I overcame this fear, and with every practice, I started to look forward to swimming lessons! Because I gradually tackled the fear, and finally successfully learned how to do backstroke, and no longer need a floating board!
Being able to do a backstroke is not a big deal to some people, but the way I conquer my fear made me feel so awesome!