Showing posts with label adventure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label adventure. Show all posts

Sunday, June 24, 2012

An Adventure I'll Never Forget

It’s been about a year since I studied abroad in the most beautiful place in the world. Today I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic- and a little inspired at the same time. Looking at pictures makes me want to hop on a plane and head back immediately.  On the other hand, thinking back to all I learned about myself makes me want to take on the world right here at home. My adventures in Greece pushed me so far out of my comfort zone into places I would’ve never ventured.  I learned that challenging and pushing yourself doesn’t always end in failure. One tiny step at a time, I transformed my fears into challenges and my dreams into goals. I pushed past fears of loneliness, fears of failure, and fears of inadequacy to find new friendships, new triumphs, and new strengths.
One of my crazy escapades in Greece was bungee jumping from the Corinth Canal bridge. I am absolutely TERRIFIED of heights and I swore up and down that I wasn’t going to jump. But something in that moment pushed me to let go- and just jump. As cliché as it sounds, that bungee jump turned out to be such a life metaphor for me. I’m always so terrified to jump that I just stand back and watch everyone else jump- happy in my own comfort zone. But when I did jump, I experienced a few seconds of the most exhilarating freefall of my life. All that to say, today I am re-inspired.  Re-inspired to keep jumping…. So I never miss out on a freefall that could be the most exhilarating of my life.
So, enough of my emotional journey. I’ll get to the good stuff…the reason you’ll be happy you clicked on this post. After I was slowly pulled back to the platform, the air still sucked out of my lungs, my eyes still wide open, my legs still shaking, I realized I would never forget that jump. Not because it was amazingly high and not because it was a symbolic life journey- but because there was a video. A video I’ll never live down.
People confidently claimed they were sure I was dying from the sounds I made while freefalling. Well, I’ve locked up the DVD in my room, shielding it from the multiple attempts to put it on YouTube. But I decided I’d beat my little sister to it. So here you are. Laugh really hard. Pee your pants...I am a dying hyena, I know.