I Did It
Precasious – But I finally did it: a bungee jump. No, I didn’t scream, not outside anyway. I am macho, but my mind is screaming C-O-W-A-R-D! A deep sigh escaped my chest; I hadn’t realized I would hold my breath through the final moments of the jump. Anxiety quickly forgotten in lieu of a successful adventure.
I had been thinking about doing a bungee jump for a few years .I am not a thrill seeker, but it all began with a challenge I made to myself in order to achieve my goals. It was in October 2011 when I was living in Australia that I decided to face the fear and achieve the unthinkable. All summer long, I had been conquering my biggest fears and crossing off items on my “Bucket List. Snorkeling in the “Great Barrier Reef” and Paragliding on the “Great Ocean Road” are the extreme challenges hat I have already overcome.
I travelled to my home country Nepal, and tried the 160m tall Bungee jump. It is located on the Nepal-Tibet border, on the top of the steep Bhote Koshi River Gorge. With one of Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below and the longest suspension bridge on top, it offers one of the longest free-falls in the world. It takes three-hour bus ride from Kathmandu, which is my hometown. Once I arrived in Kathmandu, I dragged my best friend to join the list of crazy guys who love bungee jumping. I was very proud to show him I dared to jump, but he was not impressed and choose not to jump.
It was a beautiful November day, around 9 am when we got off the bus and went to the resort. I signed the waivers, emptied my bladder, and marched to the long suspension bridge a.k.a. “death march”. As soon as I stepped to the tiny suspension bridge leading to the platform, all my heroic bravery was gone and my heart was trying to break out of my chest.
I almost pulled out at the last minute. I thought I would die if I did jump. However, I hurriedly pushed the fear aside and prepared myself for the jump of my life. My hands started to shake and clam up. The...