Facing My Fears in the Water + Sunday Reflections Link Up

Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

Although the thing I was most looking forward to about my recent holiday was relaxing in the sun, I also wanted to be braver in the water. I’ve always been apprehensive in the pool and the sea, due in no small part to being reliant on contact lenses/glasses. Even playing with Isobel in the pool has been problematic because kids do love to splash! If you wear contact lenses you have to be really careful in swimming pools because of the risk of infection.

But I took facing my fears in the water to a whole new level when we spent the day at Yas Waterworld!

When my new goggles arrived just before heading off on holiday I was determined to have fun in the pool – no more sitting on the sidelines. Isobel has weekly swimming lessons and is much more confident than me in the pool. She gave me a few lessons which did actually improve my technique. But I took facing my fears in the water to a whole new level when we spent the day at Yas Waterworld!

Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

When we went to Abu Dhabi last year we loved Yas Waterworld, so going back there was top of our list of things to do. I wasn’t very adventurous last time and spent most of the day chilling out on a sunlounger while Pete took Isobel on the rides. I said that if we went back I’d be brave and go down the snake slide…and I did…three times!

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

In fact I was so emboldened that I went on the Sebag (head first on a foam mat down a big slide) and Hamlool’s Humps, which is the big blue chute in the photos below. I now know why they tell you to cross your legs…I got the mother of all wedgies!

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

The second drop is really steep and creates a big splash on landing, so I would never have done this without goggles. It’s funny how something so small can make such a big difference. Just being able to “waterproof” my eyes totally transformed my experience of the water park and enabled me to get the most out of it.

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

There was time to relax though – going on a weekday was a good call because it wasn’t too busy. We topped off the day with two goes on the rollercoaster. It’s only a little one – the fastest rollercoaster in the world is just a stone’s throw away at Ferrari World…maybe one for next year!

Facing My Fears in the Water, sunloungers, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

I’m so glad that I challenged myself to do the “scary rides” because I’ve always chickened out before. Yas Waterworld isn’t cheap (although we got a good deal through the hotel this time) so there’s no point going just to sit on a sunlounger. We all had such a fun day (and holiday) with the help of our new Vorgee goggles!

I’m making it my mission to try as many new (and even scary) experiences as possible…you only live once, right?

You may remember back in February I shared my thoughts on why it’s good to do something that scares you. Well, I’m making a point of following my own advice. I’m making it my mission to try as many new (and even scary) experiences as possible…you only live once, right? In fact I’m not long back from London where I tried out a really fun new experience (take a look at my Instagram for a sneak peak). I’ll be sharing all the details in next Sunday’s post 🙂

Do you like to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new experiences? What’s top of your list of things to do?

 

Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

Disclaimer: The goggles were gifted to me in exchange for a review. My opinions are completely honest and unbiased. 

 

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17 Comments

  1. April 16, 2018 / 4:57 am

    Oh thats great. I am very carefuly in pools about my lenses. It’s a good opinion to wear swimglases. Thank you for linkup and this wonderful pictures.

    • April 16, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      The goggles made a world of difference. I’m so glad I had them with me!

  2. April 16, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Wow, is that a water world or what! Good heavens, I would be scared too! Brave of you that you tried it!

    • April 16, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks Nancy! There’s no stopping me now!

  3. April 16, 2018 / 8:51 am

    What fabulous time you all had! I’m not confident in the water, but it’s amazing how you can put that aside for fun with your family. You all look so cute in your goggles! x

    • April 16, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      I think I had the most fun out of the three of us! Isobel wasn’t really bothered about some of the rides. It’s usually me sitting around while everyone else has fun!

  4. April 16, 2018 / 9:36 am

    Wonderful holiday, I saw the park on the way to watch the GP last year, it does look great fun! Thanks for hosting too. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • April 16, 2018 / 7:52 pm

      I love it there…can’t wait to go back! Thanks for stopping by Jacqui 🙂

  5. April 16, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Emma, you are so cute in your goggles and that adorable red swim suit! This was such a fun post because it looks like you had so much fun! I am so excited for you that you have attacked your water fear! And to think that all it took was some goggles! Have a great week.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • April 16, 2018 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks Shelbee! It was a really fun day and I’m so glad I braved the scary rides 🙂

  6. April 16, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    That’s so great that you could overcome your fears and go on the scary rides, Emma! I’m always the one waiting around for family and friends while they go on all of the adventurous rides! I would have been terrified to go on those steep slides! 😉 XXX

    • April 16, 2018 / 7:50 pm

      I used to be like that too but now I realise how much fun I was missing out on!

  7. April 17, 2018 / 4:40 am

    The waterpark looks amazing. I am so glad you got to enjoy it this time!

  8. April 17, 2018 / 11:09 am

    LOL I did laugh when you wrote about the mother of all wedgies LOL!!!! I had the same thing happen to me a few years ago in a waterpark and it almost put me off for life 😉
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  9. April 17, 2018 / 11:14 am

    LOL I just pasted that last comment in the wrong tab!!!!!!!! It was meant for Sam at Fake Fabulous!! Unfortunately I couldn’t find anywhere to delete it, Emma! Sorry about that!! LOL….. what a wally 😉
    Suzy xx

    • April 18, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Haha! Don’t worry, we’ve all done it! I’ll delete it 🙂

  10. April 17, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Hey guys, it looks like you had super fun, congrats!

    Hopefully I can try a similar experience as yours soon, along with my girlfriend.

    Warm wishes from Bucharest, Romania 🙂

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