Many of you may already know about Martin Strel, but by living in my tiny self imposed cocoon, I had not...
Not until this weekend that is.
I spent the weekend with some very good, long time friends. In addition to a lovely, healing reunion with them and their son, I also got to work with a most incredible traditional healer (Shaman) that I've wanted to work with for years. And to top it all off, I got watch a little cable. Saturday afternoon was our ceremony and that evening, afterward, I was so full of energy, I could not sleep. My friend and I watched the Green Planet, on the Discovery Channel, and there we got sucked into the documentary, Big River Man. This is the documentary about Martin's famous Amazon swim.
In 2007, Martin swam from Peru to freaking BRAZIL!!! The FULL LENGTH of the AMAZON! I was stunned. He swame did a lot of it drunk, hungover, and the last bit he was also battling parasites in his brain. We missed the beginning part of the documentary, so we couldn't understand what this guy's motivation for such a treacherous insane feat. Apparently, he is calling attention to saving our waters and rain forests. His attitude and habits and mind set are drastically inverse in the most fundamental ways from the typical athlete. He is over weight, does not listen to his doctors, swims off without warning, and has been known to imbibe regularly during his record breaking swims! The rebel in me adores him for that, and the caring individual me is sad for that. But regardless of what I think or feel, he is an outrageously lovable character who's single minded goal has done more to bring attention to his passion of saving our fellow trees and sister rivers and lakes and oceans than anything I can remember.
I got me a new hero.
Check him out at http://www.amazonmartinstrel.com/