Annual Polar Bear Plunge Rings In The New Year
Andrew Parker - January 3, 2020

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Do you consider yourself to be a thrill-seeker? If so, then chances are that you have heard about the annual “Polar Bear” plunge. Each year thousands take an icy plunge into the new year during the event. The Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge is in its 116th year making it the oldest winter bathing event in the U.S. The event draws thousands of swimmers each year who raise money for different causes.

 

“It’s invigorating,” said veteran participant Laurie Ferguson, 38, who was taking her 10th dip in the annual New Year’s Day tradition.

 

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“It resets your year with something stupid,” she said, adding her friends thought she was nuts.

“All morning I heard it: ‘You’re crazy!” she said.

 

Temperatures reach 37 degrees Fahrenheit during the 1:00 pm plunge. One time the temperature reached a record low of 7 degrees in 2018.

 

Some swimmers chose to wear bikinis while others went in superhero costumes and Santa hats.

 

Well, that certainly is one way to ring in the new decade!