Learn to swim

The first thing I must do is thank the other authors—Jenn, Keith, Adam, Suzy, Erin… all of you. You have shown that fear and self-doubt are not your masters, and that writing of them does not give them power. It instead reveals, to anyone who wishes to see it, the simple fact that we all struggle. We all have failures and successes. None of us is alone in the struggle.

I will share one of my struggles with you.

It goes something like this:

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for being so sorry…”

This can continue indefinitely. The thoughts are obsessive, irrational, and merciless. I often feel as if I am drowning. I don’t want to drown, so I am teaching myself to swim.

I have allies.

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Sara Quinn

Sara Quinn

Although she began college life as an art major, Sara was quickly sucked into the whirly depths of psychology. She spent a few years working as an educator and eventually became a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.Now she gets to make stuff for a living, which suits her fine.Sara co-owns Squid&Crow, and lives in Pasco with Brendan and Lila. She happily spends hours composing, coloring, and texturing (when she’s not geeking out on comic books and video games).

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  • Suzy Garza Higley

    Sara. You captured it perfectly! Omgosh, yes. I felt the weight of the world in those simple words. <3

  • Becca Lingley

    Thank you for sharing this. I find myself regularly in the cyclical ‘I’m sorry’ space, also.

  • “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming… What do we do? We swim!” ~ A wise fish

    Vulnerability trumps ego.
    Encouragement snuffs The Defeatist.