When I was young, my brother took me to a movie called Deep Blue Sea. I was excited! It was about how a group of researchers altered sharks and how the sharks later tried to hunt down their creators! They would come out of nowhere and eat people! The movie was terrifying, but I enjoyed watching it. It was after I went home, that the fear got worse. I developed the fear of water called Aquaphobia.
At home, we had water storage which was huge! The fact that I was a child made it seem bigger to me. I required a big stool every time to be able to reach it. After watching the movie, when I stood in front of it, I imagined it as an ocean, where the turbulence in the water storage was like the waves to me. I used to think that a shark may suddenly leap out. I reckon my imaginary skills were good since I was a child. I started to avoid going near it out of fear. I would run away from it if I even dip my hand in it. I was terrified!
Even today, I’m afraid of water. Maybe not as much as I was as a kid, but still scared. When it comes to swimming too, I can swim, but I can not be in there for too long. I prefer not to. I would even get frightened whenever the aircraft flew over the ocean, hoping that if it were to crash, it would be on land and not in the ocean. I’m working on defeating this anxiety. And I’m sure one day I will overcome it.✊