Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Now this is living different

Just do it.

(Just Kidding, please don't) Without realizing it, I discovered some lessons about life while watching these talented Jamaicans at Rick's Cafe in Negril last week.

Now, I'm definitely not telling you to hang from a cliff with some of your friends, swinging yourself from a 60 ft tree over-looking the carribbean sea. But, these dare devils are clearly not afraid of anything. Cliff jumping must be one of the scariest things that come to my mind.

As, I was watching these crazy local Jamaican guys jump from these trees over looking the sea, the following thoughts were racing through my mind:
  1. "Who in the world were they listening to that encouraged them to do this?"
  2. "Where are their mothers?"
  3. "Where did this courage come from?"
  4. "Are they on drugs?"
  5. "Please don't fall!"
I decided there are two options for why these men got the courage to do this: 1) They are on drugs, OR.. 2) They were brought up with parents or other influences in their life that instilled in them that you can do anything you put your mind to.

This cliff diving, I imagine is one of the scariest and most dangerous things in life. But don't you agree that it must feel absolutely amazing after you dive in, realize that you didn't break anything and are standing back up on solid ground? The things in life that seem tough and make you want to give up, always end up being your proudest moments: 'Wow, I accomplished that and I'm still standing."

As I mentioned in earlier posts my - fear in life - is public speaking; I decided back in September to face my fears and join a program that basically revolves around public speaking (Public Relations). I often wonder why I didn't just take the easy path and join an art program, but then what type of person would I be if I didn't challenge myself?

I kind of viewed the experience of cliff diving as an extreme way of looking at life. There are those that dive in and take risks and those that sit back and watch them. So, challenge yourself, face your fears and don't look back.

Check out this video of Cliff Jumping at Rick's Cafe

The day that I visited Rick's Cafe in Negril, it was windy, darker out and the waves were thunderous. But, here is a video on a clear day where you can check out what these local Jamaican Dare Devils at Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica: Cliff Jumping at Rick's Cafe