Conquering? Confronting? I’m going to let myself fall, bounce, return to thirty+ feet off the ground?
I hate heights; I suppose I always have, but they really started to bother me while on the tallest tower at Warwick Castle (I was newly ten). From that day forward, I have done my very best to avoid heights of any sort.
For some reason, last Saturday I decided that the giant bungee jump and trampoline my neighbors rented for a party looked like fun. Why on earth did I think that? I abandoned my face painting post to stand in line for nearly an hour, just so I could bounce thirty feet up and come hurtling back to earth, just to repeat it.
Finally, it was my turn. I strapped into the harness, and from there was attached to bungee cords. I began to rise off of the trampoline; I jumped. I went higher. I jumped again.
My body longed to be airborn. My heartbeat quickened, but it wasn’t out of fear. With each bounce I gained altitude. I felt alive.
Fear creeped back into me as my friends called, “Do a backflip!”
My hot dog and cotton candy lunch protested. I knew that if I saw the ground coming at the wrong angle I’d be ill, and it would erase all of the progress I had made.
When my bouncing time came to an end, I remained elated. Nothing could sink the soaring thrill I still felt.
This experience will come in handy in my WIP.
4 thoughts on “Bungee jumping for the sake of Art”
Oh, what a chuckle! I have to say, I’ve considering letting myself run and fall face-first into a slab of marble, to make sure I have the feeling down pat in my WIP.
Uh, so by the way, did you check out AW? Because there’s an awesome forum there where you can ask folks, “Have you ever hurtled face-first into marble, and if so, how did it feel, did your ears ring, did your face go numb, for how long, etc?” And people who have oddly enough done this, can answer.
Later on they’ll ask some weird question you have lots of experience in. And thus it goes. 🙂
That said, the last thing I’d want to do is rend you from your upcoming plans to skydive. Hahaha!
And BRAVO for the guts! 🙂
Skydiving may occur at some point!
I ended up joining AW! I spend too much time there (my user name is shethinkstoomuch).
Though I haven’t run face first into marble, I have run into a granite building because I had too much momentum to stop (thankfully I was smart enough to brace myself with my arms).
I’ll have to find that forum.
(egh, typo, I’ve considerED) 🙂
I’m sure we’ll meet in one of those many hundreds of threads, then.
Hilarious thought of your running so hard you hit a building. Hilarious yet painful, I should add. 🙂 I’m glad it wasn’t too powerful an impact. 🙂
Oh, and I’m errantruth at AW. 🙂