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In Deep Waters

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In Deep Waters Ever since I was a toddler, I have had an unusual phobia of water. It is a fear of bodies of water, not water in general. I always knew that I was afraid of the water, but I never understood the reason why a sudden panic would come over me. Eventually, my mother made the reason for this panic known to me. I was quite surprised at the story she told me, especially since I had no memory of this occurrence. I was about three year old, and I did not know how to swim yet. My father was in our pool cleaning it. My brother was also in the pool swimming. I was told sternly by my father not to come off the steps in the pool because I did not have my floaties on. As any three-year-old would do, I did not listen to my father. ...read more.


She also said that I had popped blood vessels, called cat scratches, on my face from straining to breathe. In the end, I came out all right. I had no memory of this horrible experience. Instead, I have always had an unusual fear of the bottom of the pool. For example, when I would swim in the deep end of a pool, I would begin to panic because I could not feel the bottom. Holding on to the side of the pool gave me a feeling of security. Another possible explanation for my phobia could be the horror-filled Jaws movies that I used to watch as a child. I never had nightmares from these movies, although I developed a fear of going in large bodies of water. Even taking a step into the ocean scared me. When I was twelve years old, my family and I took a vacation to Maui, Hawaii. ...read more.


The only simple conclusion I can make is that Jaws' victims were pulled underwater to be killed, which may be some psychological link back to me straining for breath underwater. The nervousness and alarm that overcomes me sets in when the water takes control over my body. The effects of my drowning experience combined with my frightfulness of Jaws have kept me from enjoying life's pleasures and what nature has to offer. This impact was made on my life fifteen years ago. Trying to overcome it feels impossible and promising to is a lie. Whether my fear is based off my near death experience, or because I watched Jaws one too many times I'm not sure. What I do know is this fear is real. The fright does not effect me in such a way that I cannot continue on happily in life. I find myself laughing about my fear of Jaws, and I find myself lucky to be alive to laugh about it. ...read more.

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