Sunday 11 December 2016

Mid-Life Crisis: Unthinking, and clarified by the cold

Published 07/12/2015 | 02:30

Dublin Bay: 'When it is calm and I can stroke smoothly without too much splashing, it is the most peaceful feeling in the world. Sometimes, when the moon lights up the bay, it would almost be romantic'
Dublin Bay: 'When it is calm and I can stroke smoothly without too much splashing, it is the most peaceful feeling in the world. Sometimes, when the moon lights up the bay, it would almost be romantic'

So I'm thinking of doing something called 'ice swimming'. I don't know much about it yet but apparently you can do it up the North somewhere and it's freezing. I mentioned it at home. And obviously I was asked why I was thinking of doing this. And I could only give the answer that all great adventurers give: "Because it's there."

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There is a part of me saying I will actually never do it. But then, that voice that tells me I will not do things has been proven wrong quite a bit recently. Recently a madness has taken hold and I have actually done a few of those things you vaguely entertain and then realise you will never do.

Now and again these days, instead of sleepwalking through life not bothering to do things, I have found myself sleepwalking into doing things.

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