How jumping off a waterfall altered my perspective

The unexpected awaits you


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore” Andre Gide

It can be scarey to change things and to explore new ideas, new ways and new worlds. Often we will stay where we are, holding onto people, situations and things that appear to be good for us now because it is comfortable and safe. However, how will you ever find something better, or grow and develop as a person if you are not willing to take that leap and move out of your comfort zone. You might feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but unless you swim out of it, you will never know if there are bigger ponds, rivers or seas to be explored.

I  once took part in a personal development training which involved undertaking challenges which were physical rather than more cerebral. For our final challenge we were given a choice of 3 activities; rock climbing, abseiling or descending down a gorge. As someone who is terrified of heights the first two choices were a definite no-no and the third (descending a gorge) didn’t seem too bad in comparison.

Well, not until we arrived on site and discovered that this task involved jumping off a  (high) waterfall into the (tiny) plunge pool at the bottom. And you’ve guessed it, not just once, – but a series of 5 waterfalls until we finally reached the bottom of the gorge and relative safety. This was my worst nightmare – the height and the rocks – and once you had started there was no going back or pulling out.

So – I just took a deep breathe, prayed and jumped. Obviously I survived to tell the tale, and by the time I got to the bottom of the gorge I was feeling pretty dammed exhilarated and pleased with myself. But it was one of the scariest things I have ever done.

(The instructors told us later that only the really crazy people take on this challenge!)

However by pushing myself to do this I added a valuable weapon to my toolkit. Whenever I find myself having to make a difficult decision or perform a difficult job I  just remind myself – “If I can jump off waterfalls I can do anything”.

So go ahead take the plunge. Don’t be afraid to explore the unknown, to push your boundaries – you might be pleasantly surprised at what awaits you.

Have you ever done something scarey which took you out of your comfort zone? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.


  1. Dot Hurley says:

    I think a hot air balloon would be a step too far for me! Unless I didn’t look down – but then that would defeat the point of taking one in the first place!
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    • Hot air ballooning is absolutely fabulous!! You feel totally safe as the basket is quite tall and it is impossible to fall out. The world is so peaceful and who wouldn’t want to soar like a bird without a care in the world for an hour?? You can see for miles: farms, forests, rivers, homes, horses, sheep – the whole world is there in miniature. And if there is champagne on landing, then even better :o))

  2. My God. I don’t think I can jump off a waterfall. Maybe if it’s only 6 feet high or something. LOL
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