What was I thinking?

21 Mar
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Excitement, Anticipation, The bridge to nowhere, Masking grave horror, Worst nightmare ever, Nightmares do come true, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!

Seriously, what was I thinking? It was 5 years ago, in April of 2004 that I was lured into going Bungee Jumping. Today, I want to think of it as buckling under peer pressure to save my self esteem. The episode reminds me of how it feels to be out of one’s mind. About 15 of us had traveled 5 hours overnight, stuffed in a bus to Angeles National Forest, hiked through 2 hours of wilderness to an abandoned bridge to experience what I thought would be the most thrilling ride of my life. So lets see, I had subjected myself to about 14 hours of  physical trauma, for a few seconds of adrenaline rush! Who in their right mind would do such a senseless thing?

And when I had finally stood on the ledge, my feet were shaking. I had stood on narrow ledges several feet above the ground in the past but never had I been asked to jump from them. My hands were sweaty as I clutched the rail, my throat was parched and I could see my life flashing on the rocks in front of me. I made a promise to myself – never again and finally took THAT MINDLESS STEP FORWARD.

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2 Responses to “What was I thinking?”

  1. Rashmi March 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Can vouch for the above experience, since I was one of the 15..
    For me the gravity of the situation hit me hard only after I had jumped from the ledge… (typical of me to, “Act first and think later” :))
    When I was being pulled up after the jump, I started shaking and the shaking didn’t stop for almost 15 mins :))

    No doubt- It has been the most thrilling experience to date..

    Thanks Ashwini I kinda relived the experience reading through your blog..
    In hindsight it was somewhat reckless and over ambitious..

    But I am glad we did it…. can brag about it now :)))

  2. Anjali March 28, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    excellent description! I almost felt the fear sitting here..
    I’ve never really been that adventurous.. Although it wud be silly to try it after reading ur description, I would still love to do it just once

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