For the record, allow me to say I consider myself the adventurous sort.  I’ve scuba dived, fire-walked, climbed 50 foot pamper poles only to leap off and catch a trapeze, screamed down 600 foot zip lines (and scream I did).  But none of these had prepared me for bungy jumping in Australia!

It sounded like a good idea when I decided to go. In fact I fell in love with the thrill of being able to say, “I’ve bungy jumped.”  But as my friend, John and I parked the car and began to hike up the hill to the tower, I started feeling queasy, dizzy, and any other physical ailment that could get me off the hook of actually following through on this–by now–absolutely stupid idea.  Breathless just hiking up the hill, I looked up to the top of the 175 meter tower and literally felt sick!  I kept putting one foot in front of the other, and all the while scheming how I could back out and still save face.  We climbed and climbed up the tower getting more breathless each moment.  My friend is an Ironman Triathlete and absolutely fearless when it comes to extreme sports.  I was feeling like such a coward!

At the top, I forgot everything as I looked out over the amazing countryside of Cairns, Australia.  It truly took my breath away with the exquisite beauty.  Feeling so grateful for the magical moment, I saw the rain forest surrounding the pool of water at the bottom of the tower, and the iridescent ocean ten kilometers away.  It was truly worth all the fear to stand there that moment!  I knew I had to jump.  I couldn’t stop now.

Still feeling the fear, but now mixed with immense excitement and joy, I stood on a tiny ledge at the top as the staff bound my feet together and gave me the rapid instructions.  “When I say 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go—you go, ok?”  I nodded and he fired off, “54321-go.”  I didn’t.  Instead I turned to him and said, “I know when I’m ready—let me say it.”  He laughed and I will remember for the rest of my life his reply.  “If I let everyone wait until they were ready—no one would ever go.  Now, when I say 54321, you go. Ok?”  I nodded.  He said it.  I jumped!   Life is like bungy jumping.  The real joy and excitement is when we put ourselves at the top of the tower, despite the fear, and jump for our dreams!  Never let fears become the boundaries of your dreams. JUMP!


Carolyn McCormick

Your Success Coach. . . for life!

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