Sunday, June 5, 2011


If you ever drive along the Garden Route in South Africa, you will pass over the Bloukrans Bridge. This is a beautiful bridge which offers a spectacular view of the mountains on one side and a glimpse of the ocean on the other. They also hold the Guinness World Record for the highest bungee jump from a bridge (216m)… :)
All four of the Maxwell kids have gone skydiving and this seemed like the reasonable next step for the three vacationing together in SA. I’m not saying it wasn’t extremely unnerving to be standing on the edge of a bridge with only a little harness and a long rope (how do these “bungee” things work anyhow?) attached to your legs preventing you from meeting a rather sudden stop – but then again, at least the view was somewhat distracting!  I will not even attempt to explain how amazing, outstanding, fantastic, exhilarating it feels to step off into thin air and, for a moment, fly! You’ll have to go do it for yourself. *Wink* Then when you come up to me with that silly look on your face, I won’t have to ask what you thought because I already know. 

Once you have faced something so incredibly terrifying and still managed to go for it in spite of your fear, you gain a little more confidence in what you are capable of withstanding. Kind of makes a good analogy for life, doesn’t it? How many times will you stand on the precipice and have to make a decision; One- give in to the fear and wonder for the rest of your life if you could have made it, or B - push yourself beyond the edge to allow yourself the opportunity to fly. Of course, option III is why they make you sign those safety waivers! Hehehe, just don’t think about that when they count down:   5 – 4 – 3 – 2 - BUNGEE!!!

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