These people have been called upon by other people in their networks to tip the water over themselves. Much like an online meme, but with physical consequences - remember it's winter in Australia and I've seen plenty of shivering going on!
Most of the doused people have done it in good spirits but some who've been nominated really don't want to be involved.
This is when peer pressure kicks in.
It takes a strong sense of self to resist this sort of coercion, to say 'no, I don't want to do this'.
We all want to belong to a group and have a longing to be accepted. I don't believe, though, that this need to fit in should dominate our actions. Being part of the crowd shouldn't mean the same as being subservient to group-think.
So how do you recognise a strong sense of self?
I have discovered a thoughtful post by Malavika Suresh that I have found helpful (in fact, I wish I had written it!). It's definitely worth reading if you are interested in this subject.
I'm convinced, though, that the core of a self-aware person is the belief that you are responsible for making your own decisions. We each have a single life to live and are the leaders of the way we live it.
How do you resist the pressure to do things you really don't want to do? Do you have a way to say 'no' without feeling obliged to add excuses? I'd love to hear your comments about this.
** We are all free to donate to the charities of our choice at any time without having to wait for someone else to convince us. We make our own decisions, remember!