When I was very young I almost drowned. I went under twice and came back up flailing my arms and trying to scream as my mouth, nose, and lungs filled with water. The third time I went under I felt a hand wrap around mine and pull me onto the side of the pool where there were bars. It was my cousin. Even though I didn’t know how to swim I thought I could pass him as we edged around the pool. I would only let go for a few seconds and then be back on the pole. A few seconds away from the pole turned into one of the scariest moments of my life. I lived with the fear of drowning for many years even after taking swimming lessons twice.
But recently I find solace in the waves. Gone are my fears of how water can take everything away – life, property, landscapes. And in its place is a calm that fills me with security with a future that is completely unknown.