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But before you think I’m crazy, here’s a little backstory:
What easily should have been the most relaxing vacation turned out to be an experience of a lifetime when I almost drowned in Mexico.
A day of fun in the sun quickly backfired when I moved a few feet away from friends in the water so I could pee. Gross I know, I totally learned my lesson but all of a sudden, the waves began to sweep me off my feet.
What started out as a few feet quickly grew and before I knew it, I was moving further and further away. As I fought back, the waves wasted no time, knocking me back down. Water began rushing into my mouth, and I went into survivor mood, arms whaling in the air and trying to fight back.
My muffled screams fell on deaf ears, and my absence went unnoticed because they were too busy talking. I began to panic, for what seemed like five minutes of me screaming and “swimming” trying to hold on until someone realized I was missing.
After the lifeguard had started approaching, my friends realized I was in trouble and rescued me. I was in shock at how the situation escalated so quickly.
I was thankful to reach the canopy finally and catch my breath. I was thankful to be alive, no matter how sucky life was at the moment.
Somehow, the very next day, those same friends who saved my life had me right back in the water. I found myself standing on the edge of a cliff ready to jump 10 feet into a lagoon. The crystal clear waters had me petrified, and my palms were soaked.
I’m a p-word; dare I say it, Punk! And I don't care.
Have you ever found yourself sitting on the sidelines, watching everyone take risks and live life?
But my friends weren’t going to allow me to play it safe. A once in a lifetime experience, and I was going to seize the moment. I played life safely, always living vicariously through others and today that was going to stop.
Of course, I was scared, but I had my friends by my side. This time, I had a life-vest and a lifeguard waiting for me at the bottom. I guess experiences are a matter of perception: I could have been too scared ever to swim again, except I jumped right back in the swing of things with a new plan.
I’ve always been afraid to take a risk, and this was no different.
Watching people zip lining and jumping from a twenty-foot ledge had me scared straight. As I stood on the ledge, strangers began chanting my name, to drop. I made a vow to myself to take a risk, and I did, I leaped and that moment changed my life forever.
You may never know what’s possible until you see someone else doing what you desire.
I didn’t think I was capable of jumping into the water until I realized how easy it was for everyone else. Some people were afraid that they were still lined up and jumped. One girl even asked to get pushed off because she wasn’t strong enough to do it on her own.
When you watch others take action, either following their dreams or overcoming fear, you realize that you can do it too. You create the life you want to live, and you can choose to be free of doubt and follow your passions.
So back to my mother’s question: Hell Yeah I’m Jumping Off The Cliff: That was the most fun I’ve ever had. At that moment, I became brave, more than I’ve ever been.
To become brave enough to jump off a cliff, start a blog or even write this book, I needed to get clear about what I wanted. Making a declaration to myself that I would follow my dreams, not be afraid to take risks. I visualize my success, as I saw fit for my life. And hold me accountable for my highs and lows.
I don't know what I was afraid of but I know I was tired of sitting in the back sit while fear and doubt drove.
Mexico was my “aha” moment, I no longer wanted to sit in the shadows, I was ready to be a part of the action. I was willing to break out of my shell. And of course it did not happen over night but over time, I began to grow as a person.