Enjoying life, off the hamster wheel
I’m finally posting evidence of this year’s Jan. 1 antics. Three hardy souls, Neil, Kyle and Justin, braced the cold and plunged into the ice-covered waters of Indian Arm after running and training on frozen sand. They literally had to punch through 2″ of ice in order to dunk themselves! This year they had an audience, and our dear friends Christine and David came down and supported Our Hero in his brave and lionhearted greeting of the New Year.
So grab a java, tea or other beverage of choice, and for your viewing pleasure from the comfort of your favourite chair, I present to you, New Year’s Day Training, 2011.
It was a gloriously beautiful day with diaphanous clouds and a bright sun floating in a light blue firmament. With the stage set with this backdrop, our Karateka demonstrated their courage and resoluteness to follow-through with their New Year’s Day training and icy plunge.
I love this picture. All the diagonals reaching down: Justin’s arm, his misty breath, the tie on his gi, the little boy in the background and the sun-flare off the lens. There’s a lot going on in this photo.
Here’s a gallery of images of them going into the water. When they got out to the edge of the ice, they couldn’t go any further because it was too thick to break, so Neil punched it with his fist so it shattered, and the three leaped up and dove in. Look carefully at the one of Neil. Behind him you can clearly see the thickness of the ice!
This is my favourite part of the whole day, when they shake hands. I love the camaraderie and the knowledge that the beginning of the year has started off on such a positive note. Overcoming the bracing cold and rigorous training on Jan.1 is like a metaphor for overcoming the difficulties that may certainly lie ahead in the coming year, and reminds one of the importance in recognizing and embracing the warmth and security of companionship and the power of confidence.
Neil and I made chili the night before and brought it with us to serve the gang. After a hearty, warming bowl, everyone went home proud of their accomplishment and looked forward to the coming year of karate training.
For our part, Neil and I finished the day with a healthy, hot sauna followed by a cool shower. We slept very well the first night of 2011, dreaming of endless possibilities and realized potential.
Look out 2011, here we come!
Ingrid – Picture-Taker of people Puddle-Plunging