I missed it. Completely.
The day about the ‘Jump’
And not just any jump. Nope. Thé Jump. I only realised what had been going on when I saw one after the other message appear on Facebook. I did not even know the guy’s name. I do now.
Felix Baumgartner undertook a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet or 36,576 meters. He made a record-breaking freefall jump in an attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles or 1,110 kilometers per hour), while delivering valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.
Felix about his jump:
I wanted to see what was behind the edge. What was waiting for me.
Of course it scares me. I lost a lot of friends to that sport.
Some of them made big mistakes.
Some of them, they just met with Murphy’s law.
If there are no goals left, what are you going to do?
Did he get there by just sitting around?
Nope. Nope again. He worked for more than 12 years developing his skills.
That is 12*365*24*60 = 6.3 million minutes.
He is sure living this beautiful Brian Littrell quote who said:
Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
What jump do I wish to make?
I have more than one and here they are:
|Write & publish a book||Preferably even more than one, a dream that I have had for years.
What has kept me so far? Good question. Fear of not making sense, not clear on how personal I want to be. Most of my writing thus far has been personal.
|Ski and run again||My slipped disk changed into a disappeared disk between the diagnosis hernia and today. Contact sports like skiing and running are painful. In addition, I got a second hernia.
I do not know how yet, but I am determined to be able to do so again. One very fine day!
|Say 'Yes I do"||Several years ago, I told my grannie who was then already an old and wise woman that I was much more old-fashioned than this day and age expects. I might even wish to be engaged.
Ha! Now this is the one jump that I cannot do by myself. So if grace permits, one day I will say "yes I do".
|Horseback ride through the rockies||Or some other beautiful place on earth.
Make a long journey on horseback, sleep under the stars and enjoy that magical bond that horse lovers know all about!
|Travel through South America||I have travelled quite a bit in my lifetime. From Alaska to South Korea, from Venezuela to Egypt, from Bali to Sweden and some.
My travel bug has been satisfied. Yet, I would really love to travel to all the beautiful places in South America before this lifetime ends. Who knows. I might find a way to tick off three jumps in one... Both the previous and the next jump just might coincide with this one...
|Speak Spanish as fluent as I do English||I dream in English. I write in English. I read in English. And I am Dutch. 100%. As much as I enjoy this fluency,
I would loooove to be able to reach the same level in Spanish. Over the years I have taken the odd lesson but never persisted. Might be time to start now... And be prepared for this wondrous journey I am going to jump into, one fine day!
|Have a flourishing garden||Having bought a house a couple of years ago, I want to start a vegetable garden and be able to harvest my own veggies and fruits. The apple tree and berry bushes already in it, are doing their best each year.|
|Bring several product ideas to the market||I have a number of products and ideas that I wish to launch. Thus far my work has been mainly consultancy based. There is more to come, still.|
|Self realisation||In the end, my biggest jump would be that single one jump that is possible yet cannot be created with our beautiful mind.
It's all about dropping the story of who we think we are. Of all the jumps I wish to make, this is by far both the biggest and the smallest. After that, all that remains is 'just' being.
Be who I already Am. Full stop.
What jump do YOU wish to make?
No holding back.