This week for my challenge I decided to walk 2-3 miles a day as well as take cold showers. Wow, am I grateful for a water heater. 🙂 My friend, Jessica told me about “cold showering” and the many benefits – fat loss, good for hair and skin, better sleep, improvement in mood etc. I am not sure doing a week of cold showers is going to drastically change things but it definitely gave me a new perspective.
The first day was the hardest. I also had a family member and friend who tried the challenge with me. The morning I was to take a cold shower I woke up to two texts; one from my brother and one from my friend. They were both saying they did the challenge and I think one of the texts said, “Sooo that was horrible,” if I remember correctly. I thought to myself, ‘Oh yay just what I want to do, get up out of this cozy bed and jump into a horrible experience.’ But I woman-ed up and turned on the shower. Big mistake to even test the coldness on my hand because then I was dreading it quite a bit. I stepped in, and..Wow! Cold! Shock! I am a shave-my-legs-everyday kind of gal and it was nearly impossible to accomplish while shivering and being covered in goosebumps. Prickly legs aside, I was also pretty sure there was still soap left in my hair and it looked pretty awful at work that day. Thumbs up though?
The next day I did the same thing. It was a little easier. I was dreading it, yet kind of laughing to myself as I stepped in. After, I texted my friend Jessica the word, “Brrrr.” She responded with, “You did it?!” I told her I did and we both agreed that it was dreadful yet fun all at the same time. Fun you ask? I know, seems pretty silly. The cold shower itself wasn’t fun. Being different was fun. Challenging myself was fun. Waking up doing something a lil crazy was fun.
As I sit here in a Panera on a Sunday night at 9:33 typing this I have to laugh. Years ago I would have been so uncomfortable alone in a cafe. I worried about what others thought. I wanted to just fit in, feel accepted, be like everyone else. I did all the same things everyone else did. I didn’t have a dream, a goal, a purpose or direction.
Today I embrace crazy. I embrace different. I want people to see me and wonder what on Earth is going on in my head because my dreams are so big. Just this weekend I was in Arkansas. For a day, on a Saturday, 10 hour drive. Left at 11am, got home at 2am. I was there serving a girl on our team by helping her get some products in front of her family. In the past I would have thought THAT was crazy. Spend MY Saturday doing something like that. But it was an awesome feeling. This girl who I barely knew, trusted me, introduced me to her entire family (they were stinkin’ awesome people) and chose to be with me that day too. Was I a lil tired this morning? Honestly, not really. But I did feel good. I felt good about doing something different. Something that meant something to someone.
Cold showers probably won’t change your life. But for me, it gave me a lil pep in my step. I chose to be different. To not go with the crowd. To separate myself. I don’t want to be like the masses. I want to be with the few that are going somewhere. The service at church this morning was about the Measure of a Man. They focused a little bit on not being of the world, but of God. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Each day you can choose to do something different. Work on yourself. Spiritually, physically, mentally. At first it may be like the cold shower…dreadful, scary, uncomfortable. But with time, it gets easier. Maybe you’re trying to break a bad habit, or get into a new good one. Maybe you are trying to move on from a tragic situation. Maybe you are hesitant to take the first step towards the plans God has laid before you. But just like the shower, once you take that first step you may as well stick it through. So I say, Jump! And Dream BIG!