The water is cold, yes, it always is. Though what difference does it make whether fifteen degrees or ten? Will we not shiver the same?
What is this fear that stops us diving in?
Think: After those few breathtaking moments, the cold water, that thing we feared so much, becomes our only friend. It’s wholesome embrace protecting us from the chill of the wind and the crashing waves’ icy spray.
The cold we feared quickly becomes warm and the warm we feared to leave, to give up, becomes much colder than what we first imagined the water to be.