The boy and the sea

010 SMYTH The boy and the sea

He was afraid of water, didn’t like the feeling of it around him.  Through persistence by his mother and weekly dread, he overcame fear in small movements, centimetres of depth and several years in time.  Little by little and second by first hated and eventually loved second, he developed an understanding and rejoiced in the freedom of being submerged.  Feelings of insecurity morphed into competence and safety.  From strangeness and discomfort grew a sense of peace and belonging.  Allowing the water, allowing himself.  A relationship established through conquering fear and the eventuality of time.