The Good Anxiety: On Challenging Yourself


bay pictureI was two miles away from shore with two and a half more to swim before I reached the other side. I stopped for a second, treaded water and said to myself, “I’m going to die. And I’m NEVER doing this again.” I was just one of 569 other swimmers participating in a 4.4 mile charity swim beneath the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Two and half hours later I landed on a small beach on Kent Island with a feeling of exhilaration that I’ll never forget, and I said to myself, “I’m definitely doing this again.”

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Therese Borchard
I am a writer and chaplain trying to live a simple life in Annapolis, Maryland.

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  1. GREAT article! Just got revived from a 22 mile bike ride, 4 mile run and another 8 mile bike ride with exercise friends I haven’t spent time with in a while…(long story). Therese’s swim story got my active life juices going again!