Eddie would GO Thirsty

Eddie Would Go

Eddie would go.

Those words are meant to invoke courage.

For those of you who may not know of Eddie Aikau, he was and is a legend among surfers and native Hawaiians.  Eddie was a lifeguard and surfer, who rescued dozens of flailing swimmers along a beach with monstrous waves.  Later, from a swamped ocean-going ship, Eddie disappeared in an effort to save his friends, in an act both brave and selfless.   Now, his name is spoken to inspire fearlessness and fortitude.

Eddie would go

That phrase is now becoming part of a wider culture.  There are posters, T-shirts and a Surfing competition in his honour.  Such things are meant to inspire us to live big, to take the challenge, to confront life head-on.  Eddie Aikau confronted hardship with bold sincerity.

Eddie would go.

In that spirit, I’ll offer you a challenge.

Ready to be Thirsty is a personal challenge to give up drinking for 29 days in February.   Perhaps that doesn’t seem hard, but you’ll be surprised.  If you attempt it, you‘ll have invoked your own spirit of grit and determination.  And you’ll have dared yourself to do that which isn’t easy – a confrontation with your own temptations.

Take the challenge.  Invoke the spirit.   If Eddie would go – so can you.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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