Reaching New Heights in Macau
Breathe in. Breathe out. Whatever you do, don't look down. Five, four, three, two, one. Go, you've got this, just go...
Having the strength to overcome fear takes a lot of courage. Pushing passed the limits you had once set yourself, takes courage. Bungee jumping was never on my bucket list, it was never one of the things I had to do before I died. I can actually be quoted many times saying "I will never in this lifetime bungee jump!". Standing on that platform ready to fall with gravity made me wonder how I got there. How I got from a definitive no way, to yeah, a bungee jump for 1x please.
I realised one day, that I was living a comfortable life, I wasn't pushing limits. So I set myself a goal, to live a more adventurous and passionate life. Fast forward to me sitting there researching new experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong, when I came across Bungee jumping in Macau. I'm not going to lie, I had every doubt run through my mind before I went to "Checkout", until I came across a quote on their site that said "do something everyday that makes you feel alive".
Macau is a one hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, and I surprisingly had a good sleep the night before, considering the activity I was about to experience. The nerves kicked in as I got a taxi over to Macau Tower. The nerves grew as I got closer to the tower and it got taller. Reaching level 58, I was met with some of the staff that assured me it was all going to be alright (I guess they could tell from my face that I was a little nervous). I had about half an hour to roam around the tower and enjoy the view of Macau. Before I knew it I was getting suited up, and talking through the process with the staff, who made me feel a lot calmer. At one stage I asked if they could help me out, nudge me off the platform, to which they told me no, this was a personal experience. I had to fall forward myself and I would be glad I did (they were right).
I had never felt more alive walking onto that platform, the very small platform. I made sure I wouldn't look down and I wouldn't hesitate. Five, four, three, two, one. I went. I didn't hesitate, but I did freak out for the first few milliseconds while my brain was trying to work out what the hell was happening and why I had put myself in this situation (this isn't normal, you shouldn't be heading straight for THE GROUND JESS!), and then it was exhilarating. I had done it, I pushed passed the barrier and I had completed the highest bungee jump in the world. I walked away with a T-shirt, footage of this amazing experience and new outlook on life.
What did I learn from this experience? The strength I never knew I had, the courage to push passed the overwhelming fear. I now knew that anything was possible. So push those limits. Go after what you want in life with everything you have. Never doubt yourself. You've got this!