Hesitating in the littoral zone

The shore: the place that is not fully ocean and not fully land, where the edges of each splash and crash into each other. The shore is a place of constant newness, a departure point from the familiar world of air into a deep and different world beneath the water.

If you are standing on the shore of a new experience, the edge of a new creative endeavor, a world that feels different from the ground you stand on, you can wade in slowly and uncomfortably, inch by chilly inch. Or you can hold your breath, toss yourself in all at once, and start swimming.