Freezbrury challenge has been accomplished & conquered!
Damian Browne came up with the genius idea that for each day in the month of February you have to spend an extra minute in the sea.
In total we spent 6 hours 46 mins in the Irish Sea.
Like anything it was tough at first, on day 4 I was a text message away from jacking it in, I wanted to quit, but I didn't, I persevered, and by day 7 I fell in love with the process, it became a form of meditation for me & the time would pass in the blink of an eye.
Some days I dreaded going, hated the idea, wasn't feeling it, didn't want to be there, but that's a bit like life really! Some days you're up, some you're down but you MUST get on with it.
Friends and family think we're mad, & most will give you their "valid opinion", it's way too cold, you're going to catch a cold ,it's not safe, you will get hypothermia after being in for that long, you do know you will get pneumonia??
Again just like life everyone will have their say on the matter.
But here we are healthier ,happier & psychologically stronger. And all we simply did was step out of our comfort zone. Modern society is built around extravagant comfort, warm beds,warm homes, warm cars, warm jobs. Factor in takeaways,new phones,latest gadgets, social media, Netflix, living for the weekend, it's a recipe for disaster. Then we wonder why we are becoming a generation of miserable, lonely, confused, depressed ,suicidal individuals. We've become too comfortable with life & all its easy pleasures.
The cure for this is simple. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE ..seek discomfort, whatever that may be to you go & do it, from the extreme to the simple; go for a walk, join a gym, get involved with a sports club, volunteer in something your interest in, go to the library, anything! This has been an eye opening experience & one I'm proud to have completed. We've all come away with a clean bill of health.2 of the lads can't even swim so by modern thinking they shouldn't even be bothered of getting in the water because it's too dangerous! When in fact what's more dangerous is sitting at home in your comfort zone.
So get out, push yourself, experience life, you can always go back to your boring self tomorrow.