Hannah Wentworth - “Scariest moment of my life!”

Hannah Wentworth

Welcome our new blogger Hannah Wentworth to i-studentlife. An Agriculture student at Pennsylvania State University, she’s currently taking a year out to study at Lincoln University

My last major New Zealand bucket list item got crossed off when I did the adrenaline rushing, heart pounding, Nevis Bungy Jump.

“The adrenaline rushing, heart pounding, Nevis Bungy Jump”

The feeling of jumping off the ledge over a huge river gorge was unimaginable. In the first weekend of June I took a bus to Queenstown, New Zealand towards the bottom of the South Island. It’s going into winter now and getting noticeably colder here. Although I miss being in summer that doesn’t stop my adventures down under. During the bus ride we stopped at Lake Tekapo and were able to take in the beautiful scenery.

After we got our harnesses on, we took a cable car out to the jump pod. Just being up so high was breathtaking”

I was excited for bungy jumping. I was with a group of American girls and we decided to do the highest one, the Nevis Bungy.  There was a shuttle from the centre of town to the site. After we got our harnesses on, we took a cable car out to the jump pod. Just being up so high was breathtaking.

“As I scooted my feet towards the ledge, the reality hit me that I was going to be falling 134 meters (440 feet)”

I had intentions to do a really big, sweet looking dive, but that didn’t happen.  As I scooted my feet towards the ledge, the reality hit me that I was going to be falling 134 meters (440 feet).  I was not able to compose myself before the guy counted down.  3-2-1 and with a little nudge, my feet left the platform. AHHH!! Gravity was pulling my body full force towards to ground during the 8.5 second freefall. The following pictures show my jump:

“GEEERRRR..."

 

“...OOOONNNNN...”

 

“...IIMMMOOOOO!!!”

That moment when I was standing on the edge was the scariest thing I have ever experienced, even more so than skydiving.

After the initial jump, I loved taking in the views as the bungy rhythmically moved up and down over the river valley. My legs were still shaking as I was pulled back up to the jump pod. I then got to relive this adrenaline thrilling experience as I watched my fellow friends take the leap. It’s hard to believe I went bungy jumping. It was so scary in those couple of seconds but so enjoyable.

This experience reinforces for me the value of getting out of my comfort zone more to grow as an individual.  I need to push myself to the limit and take that leap of faith in life.  Some things may be scary, but they can be totally worth it.

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