Insight from an Adventure Junkie- Part Two- To Jump or Not to Jump?

Continued from last week’s blog where you found me 150 feet in the air clinging to the side of a mountain and ready to jump to the next handhold….

I did it.  I jumped!  As I grasped the handhold, nails chipping, muscles aching…I was ecstatic!  But then…I slipped.  I just couldn’t hold my whole body weight by the inch and a half of the tips of my fingers on my left hand. 

Time simultaneously stopped as my life flashed before my eyes.  As I fell I crashed into the mountain once, twice, three times…

And then I felt a tug on my mid section as the guide and the ropes had my full weight.  I opened my eyes.  I was alive.  146 feet in the air, mildly bruised (ego even more than body)…but I was alive.

I had landed in a better place with the handholds closer together and I was able to make it the final 50…um 54 feet up to the top of the mountain.  I learned a few things that day.

  1. Surround yourself with a competent team that has your back.  With people that make you laugh but also know when to seriously work and pull their weight (and sometimes yours).
  2. Learn to trust and jump….knowing full well you may fall and gather a few bruises along the way.  The only way to the top is to take action and keep going.  No lesson learned is truly a failure.  It’s a step in the direction of success.
  3. Sometimes when you fall you end up in a better place.  A place with a new perspective, better handholds, and opportunities.


Yes.  I survived that adventure. 

Next week you’ll learn whether I went through with my proposed para gliding (like hang gliding but softer parachute instead of hard wings) expedition.

I will give you a little background info.  I was in beautiful San Diego, CA.  I had always wanted to hang glide so I went to THE spot.  The view was incredible (see below) and the guys were super nice.  (ok, also CA surfer dude attractive but that’s not what this trip was about!  Pay attention!!)

I got quite the lesson on winds as I was waiting.  They filled me in on why I had to wait…and what would happen if I took off when the winds weren’t right.  The longer I waited…the more anxious I became.

Next week you’ll find out if I ever took the leap off of this cliff…..and why or why not.


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Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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