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Day 27: f*ing friday :: fish (as in sharks)

27 Jan

F*ing Fridays are back!
And, they will continue to occur on Friday. I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5 in Year 1, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.

Last week I dove into the word Figure.

Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:

As in, sharks.

Today was the first official fear breakthrough of the year.
I swam with sharks.

Well, I swam above sharks, with a well behaved crew of tourists.  Who knows, maybe the sharks are trained circus sharks, pretending to be real ones performing a show for us in the Bahamas.  But, I don’t think so, they were big.  They were real.

Doesn’t matter.
I got in the water, and that was a big act of fearlessness (lovemoreness!) on my part.

It was incredible.
And I almost missed it.

Just as the captain began explaining the rules of swimming with sharks (hold on to the rope, don’t move your arms in a big motion, only stay in the water for a short amount of time) I almost gave up before I got in.

Just as I started taking my flippers off, Justin coaxed me into the water.  I begged the captain to let me be the last one in the water so I could be the first one out of the water — and it worked.

That’s all I needed to relax, find a place of control and move past the fear.  Just because I knew that nothing stood between me and getting out, it enabled me to take a leap and jump in.

So, today, I swam with the beautiful fish of these crystal clear waters.  I swam around a coral reef, I fed turquoise, purple and bright yellow tropical fish out of my hands.

And, today, I also swam with f*ing sharks.

I have to admit, I feel more free and more alive…
But, I’m glad I’m out of the water!

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