This will be the prequel to my social skydiving/rejection therapy in Japan experiment.
So with in the last year, I’ve been on this crazy journey of busting out of my comfort zone and putting myself in challenging situations. Mostly in social situations such as my “Talk to 100 People” challenge talked about here.
But also in a more primal sense. Such as bungee jumping.
This is why I’m calling this the “prequel” to my rejection therapy experiment. Bungee jumping may not be facing “rejection” in the strict sense of the word. However, when I look back, doing my social challenges back in the day contributed majorly to building up the confidence in myself to be able to face my fears and bungee jump. And now that I’ve faced the fear of bungee jumping, I feel like I am more ready to overcome my social fears as well.
So yeah, I went bungee jumping…
here in Japan in a little town called Minakami. It was one of the best days I’ve had in Japan: beautiful clear skies and sunny weather, lush mountain scenery, and a fantastic time with my buddies. It was also a major turning point in my life, as I finally challenged myself to do something that was so scary to me, I had previously told myself I would never EVER do it in my life.
The actual bungee jump itself was intense. Aside from jumping off bridges into lakes, I have never really felt what a long free-fall – the feeling of the ground rushing up at me and the feeling of my body plummeting at high speeds through the sky.
It was a sensation that I will never forget, and I recommend everyone who is capable at least try one time in their life.
Bungee jumping and skydiving: two things I never thought I’d do. Well, on this day I finally challenged myself to bungee and succeeded. I was also rewarded by a rejuvenating soak in an onsen (hot spring) with my close friends.
Fear must be overcame if we are to live an inspiring life full of rich opportunities
I am finding that with every challenging, scary situation we are able to say “yes” to, there is an inner confidence that is built. A core confidence. And with that, a subtle confidence in yourself that grows. A confidence that you can handle whatever situation comes up in your life.
And with that confidence, new doors open up. Doors of opportunity that the fear had previously blinded you from seeing.
It’s almost like when you lack core confidence and constantly run from your fears, you hang your head low and stare at the ground as you walk through life. Because your head is looking down at the ground, you don’t see the doors of opportunity all around you and therefore, you can’t enter them.
Well every time you challenge yourself to something risky, maybe talking to a stranger, maybe applying for a new job, or maybe even bungee jumping, the confidence you built from doing that challenging situation causes your head to raise just a little higher. And as you raise your head you can now start to see a few doors of opportunity that can be entered.
The more you challenge your fears, the higher you lift your head as you walk through life, allowing more and more of those doors of opportunity to come into your life. And of course, the scarier the challenge, the more the confidence is built from it.
This is the premise for my whole rejection therapy project.
Anyways, more about bungee jumping in Minakami Japan!
The actual company itself is called Bungee Japan. And the whole team there really did an awesome job. They were friendly and had a thorough system for jumper safety. All my gear was checked many times by multiple staff members before jumping, and I really felt safe about the whole experience (obviously a big concern!).
AND, they also had a camera team that did an awesome job taking pictures of my jump. It cost an extra 2500￥ (25 US dollars) but was well, well worth the money as I got a bunch of high-quality bungee pics.
The really cool thing was that after the jump, they print you off a “Certificate of Courage”, which is a neat little paper that reminds you of how awesome you are for beating your fears and having the courage to jump.
I’ve actually got mine hanging up on my goal/inspiration board to help remind me that I have the courage to accomplish whatever I dream of.
Next fear busting challenge: Skydiving
Yup. Especially because I never thought I’d be bungee jumping, but I beat it anyway, I’m committed to trying skydiving here in Japan. Maybe in the next few months so stay tuned for the next report on that!
I’m super, super scared to go skydiving, and I’m not quite sure how I will get myself to commit to this. But maybe after doing some of these rejection therapy challenges new doors will open up and I will be able to jump through them!
If your interesting in seeing more of my fear busting/social skydiving experiment in Japan, check out my other challenges here.
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