Learning to swim at 38.

That’s right, I am learning to swim at 38 years of age!

I don’t normally do new year resolutions but this year I set myself the challenge of learning to swim. I was so scared.

I was that scared, I got in the water (which was an achievement in it’s self! My arms starting shaking when I was clinging on to the noodle. A noodle, in case you don’t know, is a long bending float.

I have just one fear (a fear I can beat) and that is water. I am petrified of it. Having a shower isn’t easy, neither is washing my hair as I always end up splashing water in my face which leads to me panicking! I am not particularly keen on baths as I get bored (unless it’s for a nice relaxing soak).

I have decided I have to beat this fear. I am fed up missing out on fun with my kids. I made sure from a very early age that both of my daughter’s had swimming lessons. Mr B is a confident swimmer too so when they all go swimming I sit on the side and watch. Boring!

When we went to DisneyLand Paris last year my kids wanted to use the pool, off Mr B went with them while I watched from the side.

Miss M keeps asking me to take her to the big ‘fun’ water parks like Coral Reef in Bracknell. Not a chance! It is my nightmare!

Just once it would be nice to say yeh sure lets go. Or just get in a pool and swim with them and this will happen. One day I will be that mum swimming in the water with her children having fun.



  1. January 26, 2019 / 9:42 am

    Wow well done. This is such an achievement, it is so hard to face our fears but the reward when they are conquered is so worth it

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you. My reward will be taking my children to a water park and going in with them!

  2. January 26, 2019 / 11:56 am

    Good luck, your gonna do fantastic and it will be so worth it getting to spend time with your family in the pool.

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you! Yes i can’t wait to take them swimming πŸ™‚

  3. January 26, 2019 / 11:57 am

    Wow – that is quite a feat, facing up to that fear! I’m sure you’ll do great – and even if you never love swimming for the sake of swimming, I am sure you’ll love being able to do it with your children.

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Exactly! I’m doing it for my children and for me to gain the courage to face my fear and win πŸ™‚

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:39 pm

      This is what’s keeping me going! Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Jemma
    January 26, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    Never to late to face those fears, good luck.

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      No it’s never too late! Thank you πŸ™‚

  5. January 26, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    That’s such a great thing to do. My mum didn’t learn to swim until she was in her twenties and encouraged my sisters and I to start in early childhood. I’m sure you’ll be flying in no time.

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      Yes my children are great swimmers! Just me now. I really hope is doesn’t take me too long to beat the fear!

  6. January 26, 2019 / 9:05 pm

    Well done on taking such a big step. I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you. It will be worth it in the end.I will be able to go swimming with my children πŸ™‚

  7. January 27, 2019 / 8:14 am

    Well done for facing your fear! Swimming is a wonderful skill to have so I really hope it helps you overcome your anxiety. Good luck! Would love to know how you get on x

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you. Yes swimming is supposed to be good in many ways, mentally and physically πŸ™‚

  8. January 27, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    Good luck with the swimming, you go for it and don’t give up. You’ll be so proud of yourself when you’ve done it!

    • Rach
      January 27, 2019 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you, no I have to keep going! My mission this year is to swim and swim I shall πŸ™‚

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