Looking for a way to de-stress during the coronavirus pandemic, a Chicago bus driver jumped into Lake Michigan for the 365th day straight
Dan O’Connor said he started jumping into the lake in Montrose Harbor on the city’s North Side last year to relieve stress.
He kept jumping into the lake through the fall before the hard part: hacking a hole in the ice on the frozen lake that was big enough for him to jump through during the winter. He said that when he reached home after one such jump, he found about 20 scratches and cuts on his body.
He was encouraged by the response he received for his venture.
“People started asking me what’s going on and how they can support — and when I say to people, I’m talking to strangers online, you know. When I’m on Twitter and Instagram I started posting the video on… I got more wind up there as people started commenting, ‘It makes my day, nice to see it,’ he said.
Saturday was special as it was the culmination of doing it for a whole year.
“I just wanted to celebrate that drive to dive for 365,” O’Connor said.