4. Bungee Jumping, Cairns
Before my first backpacking trip I had a list of things I had to do before I went home - one of those was an extreme activity.
It was a tossup between a bungee jump and a sky dive and as the bungee jump was half the price I went for that.
In the morning before my jump I strangely didn't feel nervous at all - I think is because when you are travelling doing a bungee jump just seems like any other day.
However when I took my first step up the 50m staircase to the platform all the nerves hit me at once, and every step I took I got more and more uneasy.
The cord was tied to my ankles - surprisingly there was no safety briefing - the operator just said shuffle to the edge and jump as far away as possible. They also told me it was the first time this cord had been used and that I would be testing it for them - which didn't do much to ease my anxiety.
It was at that point I said out loud "why the f*** am I doing this?". I did it though - my mentality throughout travelling is to say 'yes' to everything and have no regrets about not doing something.
The first millisecond after I jumped there was this amazing feeling; a feeling you must only get when you think you are about to die - it makes you feel so alive! The best way I can describe to someone that has never done it before is like those dreams you have when you are falling - only in real life and you don't wake up in the comfort of your bed!
During the decent your adrenalin is really pumping and then when the cord tightens you feel utter relief that the cord didn't snap and that you are still alive which I expressed with a very loud "WOO WHO!"
I don't think I will do anything again that will surpass the sheer adrenalin rush - I have been on rollercoasters since and they are such an anticlimax now. Some people say a bungee is a waste of money because it only last two seconds, but let me tell you the rush lasts all day and the memories a lifetime.
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