This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. Each post will be associated with a letter of the alphabet with the theme ‘Letters to my younger self’.
Hey there 32-year-old me,
Tomorrow, you’ll tick off one more thing from your ever-evolving bucket list and bungee jump off a seemingly-ancient looking cantilevered bridge into the furious currents of the Taupo river below.
Don’t worry, the river will be calm as glass though you’ll still jump off that bridge. You’ll think you won’t be able to go through with it but you know what? You will and you’ll be glad you did. After, you’ll learn a few things from the experience.
Your weight is just a number: You’ll be asked to stand on an industrial weighing scale and the folks behind the counter will make sure that they get your correct weight. No chance of shaving off several kilos off the final number. Your weight is a critical detail for the jump and to make sure that the bungee guys don’t forget it, your weight will be written on the top of your hand with a sharpie with a font size of what seems like 250.
Falling takes longer than you think: Humans aren’t meant to voluntarily step off a ledge and that’s why you will be instructed to let your body fall forward, let gravity take you, until you feel your feet meet the air. You’ll expect to hit the water almost immediately instead you’ll be in the air several seconds longer than you thought possible. When this thought forms is when the cord stretches to its limit and you’ll be yo-yoing in the air. It’ll be fun. Trust me.
Leaping 47m will bring tears to your eyes: When the bungee people in the boat below catches you and pulls you down, you’ll realise that tears are streaming down your face. This will not be tears of fear (oddly enough) but it will be tears of relief and of the fact that you will be doing something that challenges you and brings you alive.
One jump will bring all these lessons to the fore. Go do a second one 🙂