While jump is quite explicit in the activity bungee jumping, it did not occur to me that I would have to physically do so until we were standing on the bridge. We had just received our instructions and it hit me. “Oh shit.” I thought to myself.
The fall is something I had thought about— been excited about. But initiating it? Reaching down into myself and finding the will and the trust to make it happen? I wondered how many false starts I might have after the count-off.
“So, is there anything we can do to mitigate backlash?” I asked Ryan once the reality of it all finally sunk in. Just lead with your head, he said. As long as you do it the way we just talked about, head first, you’ll be fine.”
I did find the will, but not the technique. I was suspended mid-air when I realized my feet were leading and pointed straight down. Using my core, I tucked my body in and pushed my head through and down to correct my position before I reached the end of the rope where it would snap me to the position I worked towards. Thankfully, I corrected in time.
I’m off to bed with the view and the feeling framed in my mind.
[My free fall from Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bungee jump in the world]