I already told you a long time ago, that come spring, I brace myself and start showering with cold water.
Now- hold the clapping-
summers are H O T where I live, spring is almost non existent -sadly- and we do have solar panels on our roof, meaning from april-november we don’t use the electric water boiler.
The water faucet takes a minute to adjust itself- though turned all the way to the “hot” side, meaning for the first minute or so- you either waste precious water-or deal with cold water splashing right at you.
I am only half brave- maybe when I grow up I’ll be braver, and start showering at the instant water come out of the faucet all year round– but for the time being- I only do it from april-november.
3 questions come to mind:
1.Why do it in the first place???
2.How do I brace myself?
3.And why should this interest you?
#1: why do I shower in cold water?
Why not wait a minute and shower comfortably with soothing hot water??
Because I can’t stand waisting water- I collect rain water to water my garden, even AC water (my partner and son use the AC frequently so he installed an extention that allowes the AC drip to water some plants. (at least that).
But aside from my aversion towards water waist-
I believe that Seneca was right:
Here is a link to a very understandable explanation of the philosophy behing taking cold showers:
I truly believe that avoiding hardships in life is the best way to achieve misery, because as I grow older (and wiser?) I understand that life holds all kinds of experiences for us- pleasant -and unpleasant .
There is no way to avoid the unpleasant situations in life- be it grief, sadness, health problems , children or spouse issues, self pity and economic issues.
Yes- you can -and should- do your best to manage your life in such a way that will minimise the impact of these hardships:
*You can lead a healthy life style- eat properly, rest well, avoid self destructing habits and exercise regularly.
*You can save at least 1/3 of your income every month -starting at young age- and invest the money after researching all your options in depth.
*You can try to relax and do things you enjoy that have an extra benefit of mind expanding -as opposed to brain numbing activities.
* You can be organised and efficient- thus minimising stressful situations and increasing the chances of successful results.
*You can try to workout a fair solution comcerning differences in opinion with your spouse-children- boss- in due time -not in the middle of a quarrel, when the chances of resolving the issue are slim to nothing, and not the day after-when many times a minor issue becomes enormous- but in advance- if you realise that something you want/are about to do might be problematic or un-acceptable with the other side-talk it over before it becomes a real issue and deteriorates into a quarrel.
All these are great-
But, Tom Hanks has taught us that:”life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”, so you need to be prepared for all that you cannot prepare for.
(Note to self- watch “Forrest Gump” again).( another note to self: watched it again.some things are better left as a sweet memory).
And how, you may wonder, do you prepare for what you cannot prepare for?
You become a stoic.
You embrace and prepare for the worst outcome possible, and get accustomed to the possibility it will occur.
You become familiar with your reaction towards that worst case scenario.
you breathe deeply.
Then take another deep breath.
You understand that even if- you can make it.
You can and you will go through it.
Then you go have a cold shower, remembering to breathe deeply as soon as the cold water splashes you.
#2. How do I brace myself? as I just said- I breathe deeply . and just do it. like jumping to the pool. no use in putting toe after toe and lingering and shouting and make a big deal out of everything.
I actually can’t stand the fact that in 99% of movies showing teenagers jumping to the pool-beach, the boys jump right in, and the girls shout and refuse and run away until one of those menly men grabs them and throws them into the water.
I must admit I haven’t seen a movie in a long time -hopefully things have changed and now the girls are throwing the boys in.
#3. Why should my cold shower ritual interest you?
I hope it did.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.