A true story, turned into a fable
Once upon a time, there was a girl. Her name was Yu, she had a mother, a father and 2 sisters, lived in sunny Singapore, and had a very privileged life. One day, she was at Royal Belum National Park for her school camp, and it wasn’t like anything she experienced before. There was no aircon, a lot of bugs, and even worse, no wifi. She was not the most enthusiastic person, all she wanted was to run back home and have a nice relaxing shower, where the water wasn't cold. However she did like one thing, the water. The water looked cold, and sometimes it looked as if there were crystals shining on the water!
Everyday at camp there was always time for water play, but she didn’t go on the first day, the second day, or the third day. The water looked very enjoyable to play in, but she didn’t want to go for one reason. She couldn’t swim. She could do the doggy paddle, but that was really it. Although the people provided life jackets so no one would drown, she didn’t want to take any chances.
Her friends kept on asking her to go swim with them, but she told them that she felt sick, so she couldn’t go. She was too scared to tell her friends the truth.
Now, it was the fourth day, the last day she could do water play. She realised that this was a once in a lifetime chance, and told her friends why she actually didn’t want to go swim. Her friends response surprised her. They were very supportive and told her they won’t let go of her hand, unless she wanted them to. She was very grateful to have friends like hers, but was still a bit nervous about swimming.
When it was time for water play, she and her friends all jumped into the water together, she was swimming! Well floating, but still the same idea. Yu was beyond happy, she felt ecstatic, she and her friend played until water play time was over. She was glad she faced her fears and had a great time.
There are a few morals in this story.
1st Moral - face your fears, there might be a good ending.
2nd Moral - the situation might look bad now, but there is going to be something positive.