by Leslye Davis | Aug. 29, 2014 | 8:45 New York Times
Two childhood experiences with water left Attis Clopton with a phobia that lasted for decades, until another major life event inspired him to face his fears.
"Just because you've had this one really bad experience with water doesn't mean you should give it up altogether."
"I'll get it and it feels great."
"I couldn't even put my face underwater...now that's the first thing I want to do when I get in."
"The first time Iswam in the ocean I didn't really have the words to describe how elated I was. There's this huge sense of freedom. It's one of the few times when you are in your body and you don't have to carry your body around...it's all about letting go."
‘‘I’ve entered a secret club I never had access to.”
"I hope that my story will encourage those of you who cannot swim to learn. I can honestly say that swimming has changed my life for the better. Get out. Be brave. and conquer those fears!"
- Attis Clopton on getting his Blue Mind on.