Week 36: End of the Year, Bridge to Nowhere Bungee Jump
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage." – Anais Nin
What did I do:
2017 has been quite the year for me. One that I would describe as both unpredictable and expansive. Although I wasn't the most graceful through all the peaks and valleys, looking back on 2017, I am grateful for the growth, memories, laughter and tears.
In fact, these words by Marcus Aurelius gave me the comfort and confidence I needed.
"True understanding is to see the events of life in this way: ‘You are here for my benefit, though rumor paints you otherwise.’ And everything is turned to one’s advantage when he greets a situation like this: You are the very thing I was looking for. Truly whatever arises in life is the right material to bring about your growth and the growth of those around you. This, in a word, is art — and this art called ‘life’ is a practice suitable to both men and gods. Everything contains some special purpose and a hidden blessing; what then could be strange or arduous when all of life is here to greet you like an old and faithful friend?" - Marcus Aurelius
With such a tempestuous year, it was only appropriate to close 2017 out with a bungee jump adventure at The Bridge to Nowhere. An adventure that required a 10 mile roundtrip hike, crossing a cold rocky river 12 times, courage in the face of fear and surrendering it all to the divine in order to take the plunge.
Who was with me:
My daring and darling friend Kate. When I proposed the idea to her a week prior she said "sign us up now before I change my mind." Sharing an experience like this connects you for life. I am grateful Kate said yes!
What did I learn:
I decided to sign up with Bungee America because they had amazing reviews and an exceptional record. In all their years in business, they have never had a fatality or a serious injury.
You'll see in the episode that the only two people who hesitated to jump were Kate and I. This was shocking to us. Everyone else jumped as if it was nothing. Inspiring to watch but definitely caught us off guard.
As a beginner you are only allowed two types of jumps 1) face forward or 2) jump backwards. Facing forward definitely felt more scary to me and so it was the choice I went with. I wanted to see it all happen. Our instructor mentioned that people who jump facing forward completely don't recall the experience because its visual simulation overload. Lucky for me, I remember it all.
Would I do this again:
I am glad I did it. I am glad i survived. But do I really need to do that again? No. Unless of course, I am in some really beautiful part of the world, with some majestic views. I may bungee from there. Better yet, I'll paraglide so I can actually take in the view.
I wish you a beautiful 2018 filled with love, peace and expansion.