My gallery schedule is the same every day. I open the shop half an hour before breakfast ends and our morning excursions begin. Depending on our Expedition Leader, I start working at 8.30 am. But with Bud, our early morning riser, our excursions have started at 8 am. Meaning I need to open the shop at 7.30 am. Typically, this isn’t a problem for me. However, I have been slacking. I am on my third voyage of this contract and have yet to start my 5 am routine.
Fair enough, your first voyage back is always a mess. You are just getting back into the swing of things. So excited to see everyone that the voyage is over before you can blink. However, this contract has differed from others, as I have been responsible for teaching morning stretching. Unfortunately, our wellness specialist has issues with her wrist and needs medical attention.
I was happy to fill in as no one else is a certified yoga instructor. It was a great experience, and I love teaching. I realized I had not taught an introductory half-hour class since coaching cheerleading. So, I was excited for the challenge. My classes are usually an hour to 90 minutes long with intermediate and advanced-level students. So, I welcomed the opportunity to learn how to slow down and bring things back to the basics.
Stretch classes start at 7 am, so I still get up early to stretch. I am just outside my routine. I have always been a 5 am gym person and enjoy having the ship to myself. It is best to work out first thing in the morning. That way, you can cross your to-do list off and not have to force yourself later. Even a half-hour stretch can improve your whole day.
Today, our morning excursion was kayaking in Croft Bay. Kayaking is always exciting because after we offer a polar plunge. For our operations, we use our kayaking platform for our guests to swim back to instead of a ladder. The platform is tied up between two zodiacs. Making it easier to climb onto than a ladder.
The polar plunge is one of my favorite activities. I am a sucker for a good challenge and find discomfort an excellent opportunity for growth. Nothing brings you to the present more than the willingness to jump into cold water.
At first, I thought I would only do it once. That way, I could check it off my bucket list and move on. But instead I decided to jump every voyage my first contract. I noticed with every plunge that I found the experience refreshing and enjoyable. Now, I look forward to the next time I can jump.
I have to say the two worst parts of the polar plunge aren’t hitting the water. For me, it’s the anticipation of jumping and the wind chill once you climb out. Of course, this is different for everyone. The first time I jumped, the cold felt like a blow to the chest. Giving me a full-body sensation of being stuck with tiny needles. But now that I have done it several times, it is a refreshing release. So, if you can take the plunge, you’ll only have to do it once.
Thank you for reading!
I hope I have inspired you to pursue your dreams and that you will stick around to see how my journey turns out!
So, tell me, fellow reader, have you or would you ever dare to polar plunge?