Every summer, my husband and I along with our two sons take a week-long vacation to Jan Lake, SK. This location has been a family favourite for more than 20 years and yet somehow, there was a spot on the lake I had never seen before.
As our boat approached this new and unseen territory, we could see a large rock wall that is known for cliff jumping.
After a trek to the top, it became very apparent just how high up we were and how scared I became. Once we were all up there, the expectation is that you Just Jump!
I didn’t want my fear to be known to my two young boys, as I’ve always encouraged them to experience life!
My youngest son was the first to jump. Next came my oldest son and then my husband. I was so proud of all of them for taking the leap.
As for me, I didn’t jump. My fear completely took over and I just couldn’t do it.
But you know what? I didn’t feel very good about it afterwards. My family had experienced something amazing that I let fear prevent me from doing.
The very next day, we went back. I knew that if I climbed to the top a second time, there was no way I was climbing down, I was going to Jump.
With my youngest son at the top with me for moral support and my oldest son and husband down below cheering me on from the water, I closed my eyes and stepped off the edge. It took less than 2 seconds before I hit the water with a splash! It was terrifying! When I surfaced to the cheering of my family, I was so happy that I did it!
Will I do it again this summer? No way! But do I regret doing it? Not for a second!
Don’t let fear prevent you from experiencing some of life’s great moments. Take a step out of your comfort zone and conquer those fears. You won’t regret it!
Staci Heinbigner,GBA Advisor Associate
“Those who don’t jump will never fly.” – Leena Ahmad