I’ve done a number of things that my mum definitely does not approve. Bungee jumping, however, has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever done. The last few days got me thinking a lot about this journey: what it was meant to be, what it has become, and all that. Also, someone asked me what my scariest moment is… so here we go.
Bungee jumping in the River Nile
I always knew I had an immense height phobia, but that has constantly been reminded to me over the last few months. I’m not a fan of (over)thinking so normally I just dive in – even literally. Bungee jumping in the Nile got my mum like, “hiyo ni River Nile unachezea kama ile stream iko huko kwa nyanyako?” 😀 A small stream at my grandma’s was named. She didn’t go through all the pictures.
My entire life didn’t flash in front of me. I went blank, I was dazed. Look, I didn’t know what to expect. I was scared, confused, calm for a second, completely scared, confused, then relieved. I like the challenge. No lying, I’ve done stuff like ziplining and white water rafting, but that does not mean I’m never afraid.
I’m still not completely sure how I got there, but I did and I’m here writing this, meaning nothing is unsurmountable. Let me put this moment in perspective for you. I screamed so hard that it got caught up in my throat. I’m still thankful for my sanity cuz for a minute I thought I blacked out from the head rush. This was mostly because of the speed in which one falls than the height.
Yesterday ended last night…
It was only 47 meters high (154 feet); In New Zealand and other places they have some as high as 192 m. I don’t know if I’m doing it again but I’m sure glad that I overcame my fears for that one.
I failed miserably in trying to be calm. People say that once you are done there it gets easy but for me that did not happen. I do not feel bad about that. If anything, I am pretty alert to the many weaknesses I have to conquer.
Nothing can be said or done to prepare you for this jump. Only about 1% of those who jump get injured. Unless you’re very unlucky, I bet you’re not among them. Jump in the face of fear, live the moment. Don’t overthink, and do not look down 🙂
“Fear is only temporary; regrets last forever.”
How did I celebrate this achievement? I went rafting 😀
I would totally recommend such an adventure. It will remind you how strong you are, and also heighten your confidence considerably.
Cheers to diving in!
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