You don’t need to be cautious. It’s okay to start where you are. Others have gone before you. Someone has attempted what you’re attempting now. The most dangerous thing about swimming isn’t the act of doing so, it’s misjudging your ability to swim in the conditions you’re facing. This takes more skill than many might assume. Your ability to swim is not linear. It depends equally on your personal level of preparation, practice and experience, as it does on the qualities of the water you are attempting to dive into.

You’ll have to forgive my knack for blending analogies, but my point is that whatever it is you’re applying yourself to, the act itself is likely not harmful. Ignore fear. Focus on the variables you can control.

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