At that moment all I could remember was what Will Smith said, "The best things in life are on the other side of fear." Yes, I was panicking and sweating. It was 12:30 AM, and I was super tired but could not sleep even after closing my eyes. I told myself everything will be ok and there is nothing to worry about and forced myself to sleep.
It was a dream and one of my bucket list items from the moment I landed in Chicago, I guess it is every Chicagoan's dream. I got up at around 4:30 AM and was ready to face my fear. You read it right, I feared what would happen and I was imagining all the possible scenarios as to what could go wrong. All I could say to myself was it was going to be an epic experience. I was at 35th-Sox red line station at 5:00 AM, on a train that was headed to Howard (yeah, some of you might have guessed it already). The train was packed with people who were heading for their early morning shift, never knew these many people would be up and awake at 5 in the morning.
The train pulled up at Wilson. I took a divvy and biked up until Montrose harbor. A lot of enthusiastic folks were heading in the same direction. I then witnessed the most amazing sunrise I have ever seen in Chicago, the sun rose from behind the lake’s horizon and the sun’s rays hit straight at the Chicago skyline. At around 7 AM, there were almost a thousand people (not joking at all). Some were new and excited to experience this whereas some had already been there but nonetheless were equally excited to do it again. Exactly at 7:05 AM, everyone in the harbor began a countdown, and my heart paced up high. 3..2..1..I jumped into lake Michigan, I could feel the ice cold water in my eyes which was mixed up with my tears of joy. I climbed out of the lake to an iced coffee, extremely happy and fully content, I had this sense of fulfillment. At that moment all I could remember was what Will Smith said,” The best things in life are on the other side of fear” and I can say with all my heart that it is absolutely true.