Bungy jumping is one of those activities that has always been high on my list of things that I wanted to do in life. So many people have experienced and enjoyed it and I was given the pleasure of a present from a special someone (thank-you) to do a bungy jump off the worlds first harbour bridge Bungy Jump in Auckland, New Zealand. It was awesome!!
A group of about 10 other ‘jumpers’, a handful of spectators and I walked the 10minute bridge climb from the entrance of the bridge and then up to the top which stands at about 43metres high. I was embracing the views which overlook the city and then the fear started to dawn on me a bit more as I got closer and then climbed up into the ‘jump pod’ as they call it that I was actually in the here and now and would shortly be jumping! I looked around and started to see the similar fear on everyones faces and the jump order was read out which goes by the heaviest person first so I was to be jumping about the 4th in line.
Having a bit of banter with the instructor...;)
My name was called up and I sat in the chair (see picture) to have the harnesses put around my ankles and measured so that my head would dip into the water! I had a bit of banter with the instructor as he told me that this harness looked particularly rusty and he was not sure! With the music blaring I then stepped out towards the edge and stood on the platform, did the mandatory look at all the cameras and smile and pretend you are not scared at all and then I bit the bullet and dive jumped off!
The free fall feeling is amazing as you see the water rapidly coming towards you in a few seconds and then before you know it…SPLASH! your head dips under and out and after 3 bounces you pull the cord on your ankle to allow you to go into a sitting position and then I was hauled back up to the ‘jump pod’. I was then back 43 metres high still pumped from the experience and back with all the other jumpers and spectators!
I have always talked about creating a bucketlist of the things I want to do in life and places I want to visit. I have watched the film with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and heard other people talking about boxes to tick on their life list.
I then decided on the 6th of June 2011 that I was going to write one there and then, I stayed in one night and it took me 6 hours or so to think up and scroll though things that I want to do in my life. I chose to only put down things I have not done so far and this year I am going to tick at least 15 of them and report on each experience!
I came up with the following list which I have laminated on my wall so I get to look at it every morning and help me to work towards each one. I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to write one for yourself! (No.48)
Adventure 2011- Asuncion, Paraguay to Cusco, Peru in a Mototaxi.
Travel all around the world
All the countries in the world (192).
Become fluent in a language-Spanish or Portuguese.
Try out a new profession in a different field.
Achieve your ideal shape- 82kg and ripped as hell. (TICK)
Do a photo shoot when the above is achieved. (TICK)
Run a marathon (London) under 4 hours.
Run a half marathon.
Run 5km under 18mins again.
Run an adventure race each year (off road).
Ride a jet ski.
Go water skiing.
Pursue your passion.
Start your own business doing something you love.
Successful businesses doubling profits every year.
Achieve financial abundance with your passion.
Setup a charity.
Be a mentor to someone. (TICK)
Go Bungee jumping, (TICK)
Make a difference in someone’s life. (TICK)
Perform a kind deed to at least 5 strangers without expecting anything in return.
Fly in a hot-air balloon (across a country).
Plant your own tree and watch it grow.
Grow your own Vegtables.
Do public speaking in front of 10,000 people.
Get a complete makeover (change everything, from your hair style, hair color, image, clothes) and get a different look: one which you would never have thought of trying.
Learn wine appreciation.
Learn to Salsa Dance.
Learn to Tango.
Learn Ballroom dancing.
Learn a martial art.
Win a lucky draw.
Go swimming with dolphins.
Act in a film (self production or otherwise).
Get featured on another TV/radio/print/newspapers for an achievement you are proud of. (addition to loose women). (TICK- NZ Mens prostate calender 2013)
Create your dream home- Snooker room/Man cave.
Go deep into the heart of Mother Nature. Go trekking in a rainforest for a few weeks; Amazon).
Read a book on a subject you’d never have thought of reading. (TICK)
Tell at least 10 people about your bucket list and encourage them to do the same. (TICK)
Fly first class.
Join mile high club.
Have dinner with someone you had only dreamed of meeting.
Be invited to speak overseas.
Ride a gondola in Venice.
Witness an eclipse.
Visit all 50 US states.
Complete the Ironman Triathlon.
Enter a bike race.
Sail off out in the sea for a week.
Take a bike tour through wine country.
Enter a bike race.
Throw a big party for everyone I know.
Participate in a regatta (boat race).
Drive a speedboat.
Go trekking in amazon.
Go on a cruise.
Go deep sea fishing.
Go deer hunting.
Go alligator hunting.
Go bear hunting.
Dive with sharks.
Hunt grouse in Scotland.
Ride a horse without a saddle.
Fire AK47 and other major guns.
Scuba dive in the top 5 scuba diving destinations in the world.