I was born without the fear gene. Of course, I get a case of the nerves from time to time, but that never stops me from trying my best in accomplishing anything and everything I have my heart set on. Being fearless comes with a catch-22 — while my world is open to endless possibilities — I also do a lot of potentially dangerous (some might even say stupid) things. This is why when I was offered the chance to jump off the Macau Tower I did not hesitate in saying yes!
The Macau Tower is an incredible 1,109 feet in height and includes: an observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, shopping malls, and theaters. It also happens to have the world’s highest bungee jump.
I have been skydiving 14,000 feet over the Great Barrier Reef, zip-lining through the jungles of Mexico and Cuba, trekking and swimming in the Brasilian Amazon, cage diving with Great White sharks off the coast of South Africa, yet nothing prepared me for bungee jumping.
I felt a wave of pure excitement wash over me as I began to get suited up and strapped onto cables. This is what my life is all about: embracing the unknown, saying yes, taking risks, creating unforgettable memories, and having beautiful adventures.
Except, then I made the mistake of looking down. 764 feet down to be exact. This chick for the first time in her life was experiencing crippling fear.
There was no way I was jumping off that ledge. Why did I ever want to do such a ridiculous thing in the first place? Every cell in my body was telling me not to go through with it.
My instructor, who has bungee jumped over a 1,000 times, realized the panic that had overtaken me and said, “The regret you will experience the rest of your life for not jumping will be a million times worse than the five seconds it is going to take to reach the bottom. Trust me darling, I am a pro, now smile for the camera and jump!”
He was 100% right. I closed my eyes and instantly remembered a quote on a sticker that someone had stuck on the door inside my camper van that I had drove around the Outback of Australia. This was four years ago and it has resonated with me ever since.
So, I did what I had to do, I jumped! Okay, maybe I did not jump per se, rather I swan dived, however I kicked my fear right in the ass.
When I reached the bottom and was released from my cables, I was overwhelmed with both endorphins and pride. It would have been so easy to have just changed my mind, but I am not interested in easy. I seek out the challenges, because it is the obstacles that we encounter that bring growth into our lives and make us better people.
This was only the beginning of my last day in Macau. As we headed to our next destination, my body alive with adrenaline, I caught one last glimpse of the Macau Tower. I could not believe I had just jumped off of that thing. . .