Great question (and great song btw: Last Time by Darius Rucker).
Well, for me, it was today! I did my first ever bungy jump at the world’s first bungy jump experience, Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand.
Their motto is, you’re crazy if you do and you’re crazy if you don’t. It couldn’t be more spot on. It was one of the more scary things I’ve done, but I would recommend that everyone at least try it once.
When asking which is scarier, skydiving or bungy, so far has said bungy. I disagree, but only because I’ve done static line sky diving (where you jump alone). That was about equally the same level of fear (fear less, live more. is their other motto). Despite the fear, you just have to jump because the longer you wait the more you psych yourself out and the worse it will become. The classic close your eyes, stop thinking about it and just jump sort of mentality. Or, maybe the waterfall jumps yesterday truly did help prepare me.
If you watch the video below, albeit not flattering, you’ll hear me gut laugh and you can’t make that stuff up. I was genuinely high afterwards. I felt like I could take on the world. I ran up the stairs to the top of the bridge and could have kept running. I had an amazing amount of energy, I imagine it’s like being a kid again.
I went and found two guys who I had made friends with before and we all high-fived and talked about how great it was! Of course we also shared a drink to celebrate the achievement. We then could relax and watch others make the leap as well.
While this certainly wasn’t my only “first” on this trip, and it won’t be the last, it was definitely a big one that I had been looking forward to and I do feel a sense of relief that the day has come.
Will I do it again? To be determined but most likely yes if the time and place is right.