I have two of these moments but both completely different.
The first was when I was living in Croatia, 2 years ago. Some friends and I visited the famous Plitvice National Park but were disappointed to learn that swimming is illegal there. We couldn’t believe our luck when we later found a deserted wild swimming spot just outside the national park with vibrant turquoise water. We spent the late afternoon swimming up and down the river and exploring waterfalls, complete bliss.
The second was last year when I was on Arran, Scotland. I met a local swimmer who invited me to swim with her and some friends to Holy Isle and back from Lamlash Bay. I was terrified the whole way over. I was scared of the deep, murky water, the waves hitting my face, the jellyfish, the seaweed, the boats, the buoys and the possibility of seals coming close. I wasn’t sure where all this fear came from but I remembered that in order to conquer your fears you must face them! I kept going and forced myself to relax into it. Even though this swim was an emotional roller-coaster for me, it changed the kind of swimmer I see myself as and prepared me for more outdoor swimming adventures!