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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

I have a theory.


Fear paralyzes, Hope mobilizes.


What are you afraid of? Is it holding you back? Fear has been used effectively for centuries, mostly to control people - fear of differences, fear of attack, fear of the unknown, fear of the known. But does fear do anything productive? Does anything good ever result from fear? Caution - yes. Fear - I don’t think so.


Fear paralyzes.

Adults who are afraid of water pass that on to their children.

Children who do not know how to have fun in the water safely are at greater risk for drowning. They can panic if they get in trouble, or will get in trouble in the first place because they don’t know that caution is appropriate, but fear is not.


Hope mobilizes.

Children who learn how to have fun safely feel empowered and are safer. They understand water needs to be treated with caution and respect, but not feared.


What are you afraid of? Will you let it paralyze you or will you be mobilized by hope and move forward confidently?


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Comment by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 6, 2011 at 12:23pm
Darrick - I'm so sorry I didn't respond earlier.  I was stranded with 2 inches of snow and am only now just getting caught up.  Thanks so much for commenting and I love your FEAR definition!
Comment by Darrick Linton on December 24, 2010 at 8:58am

Good, vey good.

My acronym I use for fear is still effective for me today:

False Expectations Appearing Real.

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