A few months ago - at the very beginning of my swimming journey, when I was looking for some much needed inspiration - I ordered the film 'On a Clear Day' - on a booze cruise to France, naturally strong swimmer Frank gets the idea to swim the English Channel - for just £1.31 and with free delivery too. Insane! Right? It turned up a few days later - I think it was a used copy but arrive in perfect condition: without a scratch - however for one reason or another, I never got around to watching it. I was always too tired, not in the mood or some other lame excuse.
But what better way to kick off the 'New Year' than with a positive, uplifting, feel good, inspirational movie that makes you want to get out there and do something, really achieve something with your life (even if the feeling doesn't necessarily last)? And obviously for me there could be no better film than a film about one man's quest to swim the English Channel (that and I didn't have 'Cool Runnings' to hand haha).
Film synopsis (taken from the DVD case):
"Frank is a hard-working 55 year-old, respected in his local community, who suddenly finds himself without a job. For the first time in his life, Frank is without direction. When his friend Danny jokes that on a clear day he could swim to France, an idea is planted in Frank's mind. Concealing his plans from his loving wife Jean, Frank determines to put his life back together by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - to swim the English Channel. In so doing he cements a broken relationship with his grown up son."
So with my internal clock out of sync due to odd working hours, I sat down at 2am on the morning of the 3rd of January with a bowl of cold pasta - as you do when you're a swimmer - and finally watched 'On a Clear Day'.
And although it was hardly the best film I have ever seen, it was entertaining - if a little slow and boring in parts - and more importantly, it was exactly the film I needed to see! Because, although half way through I found myself thinking "what the hell am I doing? Am I really going to do this? Swim from England to France, when all I've currently done is a bit of swimming in a heated indoor swimming pool?" By the end of the film - when *Spoiler Alert* he makes it to France - I was literally slapping my chest and saying "that is going to be me." "I''M GOING TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL!"
Because I AM! :)
I mean it's crazy and the true extent of what I'm taking on STILL hasn't fully sunk in but I''m going to do it. "I''M GOING TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL!"
The tagline for the film is "Anything is possible". And after watching the film I was filled with the sense that if there is one thing that is definitely possible in this life, it is me swimming the English Channel. I'm going to do it. I WILL SWIM THE CHANNEL! & pity any fool who stands in my way!!!
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!