All I know for sure, is that sometimes out of sheer passiveness, we agree to do things we would not normally be capable of doing. This was one of the those things.
Let it be known that I am not a huge risk taker. I would never call myself a daredevil or thrill seeker. Or anything that even remotely sounds cool or possibly dangerous.
In fact, maybe that's what drew me into this to begin with.
Possibility. Adventure. Helping Others. The chance to be a little cray-cray.
After this past year, I needed to go a little cray-cray.
And saying yes to things I normally would have said no to, just seemed like a good idea.
After how brutally cold this winter has been though, I thought very heavily about quitting. In fact, if it were not from the financial backing of some of you, I honestly probably wouldn't have done it. It was your hard earned money. And your beautiful stories about someone you know personally who has benefited from the Special Olympics that kept me going. Or thoughts of a dear client of mine who proudly comes in to show his gold medals after he competed.
So this morning, I got all jazzed up.
'Think like a polar bear Meggan.'
Yeah. That didn't help.
So I started running in place.
Totally how to keep your feet warm when you are wearing swim shoes & it's like -30 degrees outside.
Just in case you needed to know that.
My mom recommended duct tape & bubble wrap.
My sister told me not to die.
My brother told me I was a wuss if I didn't go underwater.
My husband just reminded me of my inner Drama Queen.
And my Addison kissed me as I left & told me to jump really high.
The jump happened.
It goes by so quickly there isn't much time to think about anything except GET OUT OF THE WATER NOW. You really don't see anything else but the ladder waiting for you at the other side of the hole.
The water believe it or not, was WARMER than the air.
And really, it was chaotic everywhere before/after.
When you finally get into the warming tent after the jump, your basic instincts take over. You forget about the fact that you are now officially in a tent with 50 naked women trying not to freeze to death.
Your basic goal is to try to regain feeling again in your legs & feet.
When you are at last dry & fully clothed, your senses slowly start to come back in.
And you finally realize your coworker standing right next to you may have gotten more than she bargained for when she signed up for this thing with you many months ago.
In fact if her To Do list read:
1. Polar Plunge
2. See Meggan in the worst light possible
Well, she totally conquered that list then.
As we were riding in the car on the way home, I clicked to watch the video my husband got of the whole thing.
I saw my coworker Ben do his cannonball. Awesome.
I watched 3 people I've never seen before in my life jump. Random.
And as I hit the arrow next - NOTHING HAPPENED.
There was not a single video of us jumping. AT ALL.
And I panicked. And threw the camera down. And a whole bunch of other things I am too ashamed to dare write in a public forum on the internet......
A full on temper tantrum ensued as I rationalized how my husband probably deleted the video on purpose to teach me to "live more in the moment" or "the event wasn't about you! It was about Special Olympics!"
Or some other truth that is good in theory for a person to hear, but not when they are really mad in the moment.
My husband left later this afternoon as he already had a guy's night planned with a friend.
I'm sure he was devastated to say goodbye to his pouting wife.....
What do you think he will do when I tell him whoops! My coworker did catch the event on her phone....
[Insert sheepish grin.]
And oh yeah - sorry honey that you married this schmuck.
But I promise to give him long "I'm sorry" kisses when he gets home.
In the end - I had a blast.
And truthfully. I'd do it again.
Just let me regain the feeling in my feet first.
Totally representing! Keeping it in the family:) My Cousin Tara plunges every year & somehow talks the foreign exchange students that stay with her to plunge with her. I'm not sure I'd ever come back to America if I were them...... but YOLO!!:)
[You knew I was going to whip that out at some point right?]
-Josh & Kady
-Don & Jeanne
-SHANNON!! And Brandon
-Mom & Dennis
-My husband [mostly just for putting up with me]
-Our Cheerleaders Today A'lesha & Chloe
-Our Members Who Jumped With Us
-Our Members Who Donated
Such a cooooool day....... [pun intended]
And such a worthy cause. For more information about the Special Olympics, go to ------> http://www.specialolympics.org/
Until next year!