Nothing To Fear But Deep Water
I think it's safe to say almost all of us fear something: heights, snakes, speaking in public... the list is endless.
My biggest fear is deep water. I think it started when I was about five, and I stepped off into a swimming pool before I was ready. I went under and struggled a bit before my father pulled me up.
I had another experience when I was about 10 that has made me so afraid of diving boards, I haven't gotten near one since. We had a pool at the school I was attending, and the teacher told us to go to the diving board. I must have been thinking about my traumatic experience from a few years back of stepping off into a pool, because I was petrified at the thought of jumping off a diving board and not being able to touch bottom.
When it was my turn to jump, I refused, to the point of sitting on the board. Maybe if I sit here long enough, I thought, the teacher will feel sorry for me and let me get off.
That didn't happen. Before I knew it, she gave me a little push, and I plunged into the water!
I don't remember how, but I managed to get to the side of the pool and, with assistance, get out. But I have never gone off a diving board since. Thankfully, I still get in swimming pools every now and then, but stay in the shallow end; no deep water for me.
What's your biggest fear? Are you able to fight back the panic and overcome it, or do you avoid the situation at all costs? Feel free to tell me about it.