Thank you for sharing your story — it goes very well with this one and I really enjoyed it! I grew up on a small lake and often swam to a small set of islands about 500 meters from the shore, so I know exactly what kind of distance you were referring to in the post! That’s plenty of time to let our fears get the best of us.
But by taking small steps towards overcoming those fears and regularly challenging ourselves to go a little further — pushing our boundaries a little more each time — we can eventually overcome the obstacles altogether. I’m sure with enough practice, you could swim the English Channel! 🙂