These are the words I hear on the radio and my mind suddenly wakes up. These words resonate with me. As a child, any new change felt like being forced into the deep scary waters of the unknown, a place where I wasn't sure I knew how to swim, let alone breathe.
Transitions can be scary for anyone, trying something new, stumbling without instructions, stepping into the dark when we have no assurances that we will make it out safely. For children who already deal with anxiety, the 'new' becomes a blank canvas where all possible scenarios are painted. The imagination is always more fertile than reality, and so we get stuck in fear.
But we don't have to.
With preparation and practice, with anxiety management tools and encouragement, we can learn that the unknown is also the land of untold potential. We can understand that the waters of incertitude are in fact opportunities for self-discovery. We can let go and be open to the beauty of what lies ahead. When we are where we need to be, we can understand that all we have to do is a take a deep breath, plunge and marvel at the fact that we can indeed breathe under water.