I was gonna leave within the next few days, but then I realized I would be leaving Pete of Pete’s Tool Sharpening high and dry! I’ve been helping his Farmer’s Market Stand by taking orders so he could focus on tool sharpening, and he doesn’t have someone lined up to replace me yet. As long as I’m not frivolously spending I shouldn’t be significantly set back by any means.
Now to get my stuff in order and prepare to lawn camp til the 5th or so!
My time here in Williamsburg will end up shorter than anticipated. Having peeked ahead in the Wim Hof Method, I’ve discovered the last two weeks to be pretty much just more cold therapy, but to am extent I can’t reach in the summer. Not without buying a whole lotta ice for ice baths, at least.
That’s okay though, I’ll try to catch up with what friends I can within the next couple of days and continue on my journey. This all still feels so surreal, especially after stopping for so long and getting a roof over my head the whole time. A country full of chaotic elements await me, with beauty and struggle all along the way.
I may have a long road ahead of me, but with every day that passes I can look back at the ground I’ve covered and take pride in tbe ground of covered. With this path I’ve taken, I don’t have to wonder how things may have got if only I took that first step. That reality has been more freeing for me than anything else; it fills me with joy and purpose.
I’m sitting on the steps of the bed and breakfast-to-be, I can’t get to sleep so I came out to look at the moon in the cloudless sky. It appears small and still, brilliant in it’s reflecting the sun’s light. The property is surrounded with trees, the world I’m perceiving right now seems so small and still, with exception to the traffic on the road out front.
Yet, the reality is so much different. The moon is 6,786 miles in circumference, travelling around the Earth at 2,288 miles per hour. The Earth itself is rocketing around the sun at roughly 70,000 mph and spinning at a breakneck 1,000 mph.
The world I perceive feels so small, but the universe I live in is unfathomably large. Distances and sizes our ever-evolving brains can’t yet truly comprehend, at least not intuitively, dominate the cosmos. The Earth feels huge, yet it could fit into our sun 1.3 million times over. Heck, scientists just discovered two supermassive black holes orbiting each other in space, whose combined masses equal to be about 1.5 billion times more massive that our own local star.
We live in a vast, crazy universe in which all of human existance clocks up to a mere blink of the cosmic perspective. A timeline which contains everything we’ve ever marveled at, every step walked, every trial endured, everything and everyone we’ve ever loved.
Our time here is brief. Live a little larger, forgive a little more, and we may just make the best of what we’ve been given. To paraphrase a friend of mine; understand that we can’t truly be our own bosses, so float on wherever life takes you. Like a leaf in a river.
I did it! It’s really happening! My cold therapy continues to bear fruit with today’s milestone in the Wim Hof Method. Today I took an ice bath!
I’ve been conditioning myself for cold endurance these past few weeks with cold showers, with last week’s showers being 10 minutes long. Today I filled a big plastic bin with 20 pounds of ice and the rest with water, then took the plunge.
At first ot just felt like dipping into a swimming pool; chilling to the touch, then you adjust to the feeling. Except this is ice cold water, without training I would be experiencing cold shock and hyperventilation! The training continues to work!
I was curious about there contrast of the ice bath to the cold shower, so I hopped into the shower and turned it on. With the cold maxed out and having run for a minute or so for guarenteed minimum temperature, I stepped in. It felt warm. As if I had turned the setting 60% to max warm. Holy crap! My body can now adjust so efficiently that a cold shower post-ice bath feels warm! This post has a lot of exclamations!
At this rate, I’ll be able to cut a hole in a frozen lake and take a comfortable dip, just as the training states. I can’t wait to see what’s in for next week.