Swimming or drowning...those are the choices that are imposed upon us because we are in the sea in the first place.[?]
The above question is a good re-worded illustration of your OP Title.
As per the above question, I see inherent in it a discription of our state of being & state of affairs we souls in the material world find our selves:
The given parameters are known.
The goal is pre-known along with optional paths.
The circumstances allow for few operations.
Individuality is seen as ---indivisably only himself ---in the cosmic ocean.
Even the notion of dreams & fears are allude to ---expressing presciently the existential angst which is famously born of the question: "Why do we exist?".
IMHO, it defines & illustrates an equation that shows the ratio of:
The Free-Soul versus Material Elements quandry.
Also, IMHO, it is not escapable except from 'Above' [aka, the rule that says, grace is via 'the descending method of benediction' vs. a human's idea of self-born/self-revelation].
The grace required to be saved is something beyond our tiny control.
As per the above question, I see inherent in it a discription of the "Human-Centric" purpose behind the Universe's reason for existing.
We are mysteriously confined to a paradymn where the limits of our acts are predicated upon the mechanical limits of the mechanism.
Ergo, there would seem to be a catagory of outcome that is narrowed down to acts that universally & mutally affect all our contemporaies at the same time.
As per the above question, it also shows "Safety & Self-preservation" are quintessential to being conscious and alive.
Don't be drift in the ocean of nescience. Transcend it ---or if Not, merge into the dark abyss.