Yesterday, my crazy extended family invited us to take the plunge into 2013 with a polar plunge into a freezing cold river on New Year's Day. First person totally under got a $20 prize. Mike, Nathan, and eight year old Katherine took the challenge.
I stood on the dock in the drizzling rain and snapped photos, wondering why anyone would want to run into a river in the middle of winter?
Katherine says she chose to plunge when she saw that most people in the family didn't want to do it. She wanted to take a challenge that others were afraid to take. "Most of the time, Julia and Wenxin do all the brave stuff in the family. It felt really good to be confident enough to try something they didn't want to try." Being the baby isn't easy, and Katherine chose to distinguish herself from the crowd by being the youngest person in the whole family to plunge into the icy water. She ran in with determined abandon and almost won the prize.
Nathan said he chose to plunge because he was afraid he might regret it if he didn't. Coming from Nathan, this was huge.
Mike. . . well. . .I didn't even ask because if people were going to plunge, there was never the slightest chance that Mike wouldn't join them. That's just how he rolls.
Crazy, risk-takers. . . all of them! I love it.
May we all experience the thrill and satisfaction of stepping out of our comfort zones in 2013.