007 James Bond Bungee Jump, Switzerland

Fear can be paralyzing. 
It has a way of creeping in and stopping you in your path.  In some situations, fear freezes you like a deer in the headlights.  At times, it leaves you unable to speak.
 
I was overwhelmed by fear the morning of October 5th, three days after my 25th birthday.  I knew what I was getting myself into.  I had made the decision and I personally bought a ticket to the second-highest bungee jump in the world in Ticino, Switzerland.  It is 220 meters (720 feet) straight down with no water below for “just in case”.
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Many people have seen this famous jump perhaps without realizing it.  In the opening scene of the movie, Goldeneye, James Bond runs at top speed across a narrow dam and then courageously hooks on and jumps.  That was my birthday present to myself: a ticket to the world-famous James Bond Goldeneye Jump.
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I don’t think I felt like James Bond as I approached the desk to sign in for my jump.  My heart felt like it was beating out of my chest.  Second thoughts came rushing in as my sweaty, shaking hands signed the liability papers.  “What if the rope snaps what if the rope wraps around my head what if I have a heart attack what if what if?”
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I almost questioned the woman who locked me in the harness about her work experience and ability to harness me safely.  It was my turn to wait in line for the jump.  I took a deep breath as I listened to the last instructions before I approached the ledge.
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 In moments of fear and panic some people are dead silent, some cry, some even back out.  In my moment of panic, I did the only thing I could think of to relieve my inner fear – I started screaming uncontrollably.  In that moment, I did not care what people thought.  All the fears in the world came on me at once as I stood on the ledge and looked down at the long distance I was getting ready to jump.
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On the count of 3, jump.  1, 2, 3…
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Remember how I said fear can be paralyzing?  I was paralyzed.  I doubted my decision.  I felt like all the fears in the world were put on me at one moment.  I had a decision to make: Was I going to back out or was I going to take a leap of faith and jump?
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“SARAH, JUMP, JUMP!”  I heard others shouting. 
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With adrenaline built up inside, I took a deep breath and jumped.
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When faced with paralyzing fear, the easy thing to do is quit or to avoid the whole situation in the first place.  I could have easily bought myself a less risky birthday present and done something much safer. 
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But, is the safer route the best route?  
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How many opportunities do we miss because we choose the safer route?  I took the jump and had an experience that I will always remember.  It was not the safest choice; however, safest is not always best.
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