Monday, 22 July 2013

I've decided to swim the channel - I think!

As a child I changed my mind about what I wanted to do when I was older on a day to day basis - footballer, astronaut, lawyer, snooker player, fighter pilot to name but a few - and after struggling for the last 8 years to achieve my dream of making a living as a writer. I'm maybe starting to think again about a better way to earn a living. However, throughout all of this uncertainty there has been one constant dream. Ever since I was a 6 year old boy – when I first learnt that it was possible - I've wanted to swim the English Channel.

I'm now nearing 30 (something that scares me a great deal) and to date I still haven't made this dream into a reality. But maybe, just maybe it's time to change that. To stop dreaming and talking about it and actually do it! All 21 miles of it.

It's not going to be easy but I figure that if I tell you all about it then there's no backing out. So here I am. On the starting line. A good 12 months or more away from actually standing on the British coastline and taking that first step into the icy morning waters. There's a massively long way to go. I will need to change my diet. Start exercising. I currently do none! Start swimming again (might be helpful). I can't remember the last time I got into a pool! Find the money and look into all of the other details and logistics of taking on this mammoth task. So yes there is a long long way to go... but deciding to do it is the very first step and I'm determined to finally do this -I think.


  1. Anthony, there are few people I've met who also wanted to be an astronaut as a child. Braving the Channel is much easier than braving outer space. The training time is significantly less and deep water is less terrifying than deep space. Being 30 plus is great! Trust me, I'm an old timer now... Glad you're marking this decade in such an ambitious way... And yes, actually going swimming will help.

    1. Crossing the channel is something I've wanted to do for even longer than going into space. Part of me would still love to go into space but it's not an ambition of mine the way swimming the channel is - which will be hard but infinitely more achievable than travelling into space.