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!