Thursday, February 14, 2013

The only currency that matters...

Time is the only currency that matters...

Last year I jumped from a bridge. It was 160 feet above a river about 70 minutes north of Victoria. I was connected to the bridge by a bungee cord but for me it was a tremendous milestone because I have had a lifelong fear of heights, as numerous friends and family members will tell you.

In the back of my mind I had carried around the intention for several years, but always I had found some manufactured excuse to put it off. The truth was that I was simply scared.

I wish I could tell you that I finally found the courage to do the jump using some pop psychology trick of the mind that I could pass on to readers. There was no trick though. On the day we just happened to be passing by WildPlay and I pulled in on a whim, telling my wife that I just wanted to watch the other jumpers.

We were having a coffee off to one side of the bridge. I stared at the bridge for a few minutes, not giving it much conscious thought when I suddenly announced: "I'm going to jump today."

I went into the office, paid my dues, got myself weighed up and about 20 minutes later found myself at the edge of the jump platform, looking at the river swirling far below me. Following the instructions of the jumpmaster, I leaned forward and let gravity take care of the rest.

Was I afraid? Damn right! I had decided though that I wasn't going to let the fear of it stop me from trying it. I'm at an age where I've come to realize that I have fewer years ahead of me than behind me and I'm running out of time to experience life's big moments.

Too many people live their lives like they think they are going to live forever. They don't take chances, or they put off their dreams or passions because there's always another day right?

The days end for all of us. One day your heart will take its final ten beats and then stop forever. The light will fade to dark.

There will never be a better time than NOW to do the things that mean the most to you.

Meditate Upon Death to Motivate Yourself | The Art of Manliness

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