You may remember that I am not the biggest fan of winter. And that this year, I was going to change my attitude and EMBRACE winter, in all it’s freezing cold glory. Well…
This past weekend, I took the plunge.
A very real, very physical, heart stopping plunge into the icy cold waters of the Petawawa River. It was exhilarating, nerve wracking, and one of the silliest and most awesome things I’ve ever done.
Honestly, the morning of the event, I was not excited. Thank goodness this was for a good cause. We raised money for ALS Canada. No ice bucket here! I don’t know if I could justify jumping through a hole cut in the ice for no reason at all!
But AFTER it was all over, I felt incredible! Not only was the adrenaline flowing, but I had done it! I now know what it feels like to fall through a hole in the ice. Yay! Never again will I do this, but it was well worth it!
I think as I’m getting older, I’m feeling more anxiety about certain things. Anxiety about the unknown. About things that take me out of my comfort zone. But I also think it’s important to do things that make me feel this way. Follow through even though it would have been so easy to bail. Show my children that making a commitment still has validity in this day and age…and that Mom and Dad can be a little crazy sometimes!
I wouldn’t say this is now crossed off my “Bucket” list. To me, a “Bucket” list is full of things you WANT to do before you die and since this was the result of too much liquid courage one night a few weeks ago…I’m going to say this can be crossed off the “Silly things I’ll never do again” list or “Once in a lifetime, now I can say I’ve done it” list. Or “Stupid” list. We all have a “stupid” list.
Taking the Plunge can (of course) be a metaphor for so many events in our lives. Taking the plunge into marriage, having a child, moving to a new place, new job…we all do it. Taking the plunge can be scary, exciting, invigorating and downright awful. But it’s all in your attitude. Only you can change your attitude and sometimes the only thing you CAN change about a situation is your attitude. I’ve embraced winter to the fullest this year (wouldn’t you agree?). My attitude deep down hasn’t completely changed but I can appreciate the beauty and fun of winter. Plus there was a hot tub at the end of my plunge…did I mention that?