I liked this theme of cataloging my enterprises. After seeing amazing sights in nature, I immediately started thinking about the moments of courage that I relished. There is still an apprehension in hindsight about the moments of impending sheer irrational stupidity that I now call “courageous acts.” But in any event, here they are:
Cliff Jumping in Manila, Philippines
I’m a fan of back flips, but the 40-45 foot plummet kept me definitively straight up and down for this one. It’s strange the moment of truth that you hit when you’re about to jump. The longer you wait, the worse it is. I’m a fan of the “jump and deal with it” method.
Caving in southeast Tennessee
One of the coolest/strangest things I’ve done. We went on a four hour caving excursion. Took us several hundred feet underground. We all had miner’s hats with lights and battery packs. We reached the half way point in this huge cavern and all turned our lights off. The guide explained that if you wave your hand in front of your face you THINK you can see your hand because your mind knows it’s there. But the reality is that without light, your brain is just putting the pieces together, your eyes aren’t offering anything to the equation. Crazy!
Skiing down a Black Diamond in North Carolina
I’m not a great skier but I believe that I have progressed in my skills over the times I’ve been skiing. However, my first time looking down my first black diamond was genuinely terrifying. Terror for me is preemptive regret. Especially if there’s a chance I could get hurt, I have no problem throwing an internal temper tantrum about doing the thing I now absolutely don’t want to do. And just for the record, totally biffed it on my first turn and lost a ski…but it wasn’t nearly as humiliated as riding the lift back down.
The “Big Swing” in Graskop, South Africa
It was not a bungee jump, but might as well have been. Someone had died on it 4 months before we went (which makes the adventure that much more incredible). 4 seconds of free fall gives you time to scream, take a breath and scream again before you catch. You fall off backwards and look up the waterfall as you plummet. Takes your breath away. Scary, but fun.
What you got? I know some of you have swam with sharks, sky dived, and a host of other things. What are some of your courageous moments?