After all that contemplation of the way I want to go about life, I have spent two days setting some exciting goals for myself. My ‘Bucket List’ is not exhaustive and I will be adding more as and whenever. Some of these goals seem like lofty ideals – but hey, you know what they say about ‘dreaming big’.
Bucket List: Go Bungee Jumping [√]
02 February 2014, Sunday
Auckland, New Zealand
I paid 150 NZD to jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge from a height of 40 metres. What was I thinking?
“This is freaking exciting!” I was excited as I walked across along the fixtures of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. I even got to enjoy a view of the Auckland Skyline along the way!
About a hundred metres in, I had to clamber up a flight of steep steps to the launch pad. There, they hooked me up to the bungee gear and gave me a brief run through of the jump while I awaited my turn.
I was still feeling chipper – right up to the launch point.
“Am I really going to do this?” I asked myself. I leaned forward to look beyond my toes. (Dramatic gulp) “I can’t back out now.”
I thought I was going to die from the free fall. I thought I felt my heart constrict to the point of being crushed.
“Fuck; fuck; fuck; fuck; fuck; fuck; fuuuuccckkkkk. FUUUUUUCCCKKKKKK!”
I screamed the whole way down, coupled with a scrunched up grimace for a face.
Once the bungee was fully extended and I was just bouncing around mid-air, I started laughing – like all out howling laughter. There I was — hanging by my legs, mid-air somewhere along the Auckland Harbour Bridge, laughing my ass off. I just plunged into the thick of life, accompanied by my two most contradictory reactions.
Bucket List item crossed off.
Higher jumps in the future, perhaps?