How to be happy: naked lake swimming?
What do you do to relax your mind and feel free and happy?
I just got back from a mini break
We drove across to Wales to visit a friend who lives in the mountains
It is a gorgeous place to visit and offers so much in the way of activities and sights and just generally being in the middle of nowhere
I turned off my phone and emails and took a real break from everything
It was great!
We did some walks around a beautiful lake
The weather was TERRIBLE though
I hear it was sunny back in Leicester as well
Up in the mountains it was raining horizontally because of the incredible winds!
We were literally being blown off of our feet
It was super fun though and we loved it
The scenery was amazing
In the evening on Saturday we went to a film festival
I didn’t really know what to expect as it was a tiny little village and it hadn’t been well publicised
The film we chose to watch was called ‘Wild Women, Inspirational women on film’
It told the story of different women who take part in sports and events
And it was really good!
There was one girl who is a professional climber who was competing in the world cup events and not quite getting the results that she wanted
So she decided to give that up to climb outdoors
Because she knew that that would make her happy
And she has set down some records for outdoor climbing now
There was another lady who became paralysed at the age of 21 and has since taken up wheelchair cycling and now competes professionally for GB and is on track for Rio
At one time she felt like giving up
But now she loves every moment of every day
There was another lady who lived locally in Llanberis and was actually in the audience that night
She hikes up to different lakes in snowdonia
And swims naked regardless of the temperatures
Which I can assure you, ARE COLD!
She gets a sense of freedom and happiness from doing this.
What do all of these women have in common?
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because there is NO conventional way to be happy OR healthy
These women found what they enjoyed
What made them happy
And took that path
They aren’t held back by fears and barriers (or clothes even)
I challenge you to access what makes you happy
What gets you excited
and what inspires you to get out even when its cold and wet and miserable out
Your energy and the smile that radiates from your face
Will heat up any cold day
Because you found something that you love to do, come rain, wind or shine
If you have found that thing already, then encourage others to share your passions
OR to find their own
Nicola ‘polar bear’ Rossell