Dark Water

Saturday, 1 November 2014




Every once in a while, I tend to stop by Esplanade just to take a few deep breaths of sea breeze.

Today, I stayed there a little longer than usual.

The morning was beautiful and it is entirely different from when it's at night. You can see people walking their dog, reading the papers, some might be fishing and all.

I'm not sure about the weather out there, but since it's toward the end of the year, the weather on the Island changes drastically. We experience stronger winds, heavier rain and shorter daylight hours.

As the breeze rushed stronger, so does the ocean waves. It reminded me of how deep the water is and we could never know what's at the bottom. I'm okay at swimming, but I definitely will panic if you pushed me into the dark sea. Because I don't know what sort of sea creature that is swimming with me. In my mind, I'm terrified of angler fish, sharks, Moray eel, Barracudas, in fact any large-scale or black coloured fish.

Weird, I know.

I believe it all began when I was very young and my dad brought me to visit his friend's farm. We went to his back yard to see his 'fishes'. I vividly remember that I sat by this dark pond and all of a sudden, this huge Arowana swooshed at me. If you were there and you met this monster, you would be terrified like me. I think I cried on the way home.

This is why I'm afraid of swimming in dark or dirty water (even in pools). Does anyone else have this phobia like I do? I tried several times to push the terror away, but I failed. Watching Finding Nemo didn't help either.

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