“30 seconds is all it takes to let go of your fear and take the leap.
It is all over , even before you realize that you’ve jumped from a 200 ft high bridge. But it takes couple of minutes for the feeling to sink in & become conscious of the fact that you have dared to do this ‘extreme sports’, when the swing comes to a slow stop.
The whole experience will stay with you for a life time.”
(July 2017) The moment I realized that I will be daring to jump of a bridge with just a string of ropes holding me together was a scary thought.
In the first place, I was not planning to do the jump and was not even going to join the group who had to travel almost an hour to reach the location. But I knew that this is going to be a once in a life time ‘dare to do’ opportunity (I know about people for whom bungee jumping and other adventure sports are just like turning the page of a book but trust me it is not an easy decision if you are not an adventure enthusiast).
I was put up in Athens and the Bungee jumping location was at Corinth Canal – which is one hour’s drive from Athens, Greece.
‘Zulu Bungy’ – the organizers of Bungy / Bungee jumping in Corinth Canal looked very pumped up to help us with the Jump. It is very crucial for the organizers to show that they are in control and make you feel comfortable. This will help gain the much required Confidence.
Zulu Bungy : the spot where right below you is the scenic water body whose magnificence will captivate your heart and in front of you the open sky that welcomes you to fly. The sound of the subtle breeze is the only thing that you will hear before the jump.
I was made to wear all the required harness and boot straps. Once the whole group was ready we were taken to the jumping location. The view was spectacular with a calm Corinth Canal beneath you. I realized that it is better to do the jump when you are in a group as this will help to strengthen your will power. The first person in our group was all set to take the plunge. He was made to wear couple of more harnesses and was also locked some set of ropes. ‘Lot depends on how the first person in the group jumps’. In our group the first person jumped with ease. He came up after the jump and was smiling “the jump was exciting ,nothing to worry about – it will be all over even before you realize” he said with a cheeky smile. One by one each person started to jump and then came my turn.
First I was made to wear the GoPro camera to capture the whole experience. The Zulu Bungy guys then ensured that the remaining harness and locks are in place. I was moved closer to the edge of the bridge. The view from the edge of the bridge was spectacular with the mild breeze hitting your face. There were lot of instructions coming in from the group members – “just look in front when you jump, jump hard, push your body out of the bridge, etc.”
I took a deep breath before I looked beneath to ascertain the depth. I was at ease and not anxious. I felt that this is going to be an easy one. The Zulu guy stood in front of me & started counting the locks that were put on my harness. He was saying “lock 1 okay, lock 2 okay,…” . This was the moment when I started thinking ‘whether he has actually put all locks or did he miss any ?’. Suddenly I had the picture of my whole family in front of my eyes. ‘What will happen if I don’t come up, what if the ropes break, what if all the locks were not in place ????’.
All type of weird questions popped up in a fraction of a second. This send a shock wave through my entire body. The fear of losing everything was right on my face. Do I really want to do this and lose everything ? That is when I heard the sound of the Zulu guy again “all check done”. He then stood up & said let’s go for it. He moved behind & started the count 1,2,3.
I had two options 1. To turn away without attempting the jump and be Safe 2. Trust this guy , trust the harness, ropes, locks and jump in to the canal… In the blink of an eye I decided to do the ‘Leap of Faith’. I trusted everything and somewhere in the corner of my heart I prayed “Oh God bring me back safe” . It was indeed a Leap of Faith. It was a breath taking experience – From the time I jumped & till the time the ropes stretched my legs and made me realize that I am hanging Safe. One of the rare moments when pain gives you a reason to smile. That’s when the feeling starts to sink in, that you have overcome the fear and did once in a life time activity. Wow.. It was Awesome..!!! “I Did It”
“We change the rules of Flying” – My ‘I Did It’ moment.