“Why do you do these things?” I get asked a lot. Well, Charles Lindbergh could not put it any better, “I believe the risks I take are justified by the sheer love of the life I lead.” I just enjoy it. And since it was almost New Year’s Eve, I knew I had to end my year in a blissful way. However, I hadn’t made any prior plans. Fortunately, my younger sister had this all figured out. We were actually at the Mall of Arabia Cairo when she suggested that we go do the reverse bungee jumping. To be honest, I’ve never heard of that so I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve done bungee jumping so I knew the reverse would be even crazier. We were up for it.
Behind the mall of Cairo is like an amusement park. Everything is bright and happy colour. The Christmas lights shone around making the place look beautiful. As we approach the section, we can hear the thick clanking of the swing moving and the screams of their passengers as they are whipped up and down. Boy was I in for a ride! We make our plans, my brother and sister decide to go on the ride with me while the rest of the family decide to just sit back and enjoy the scene.
And so begins the ride. The first minute feels like a lifetime. The swing merely starts swinging as a tease. I try to count the seconds but time seems to crawl as we continue to wait. Smoke fills up the area and I know that we are about to jet off! 3…2…1 Just kidding, they do not actually warn you.
All of a sudden, we are hurled into the air! Experiencing an adrenaline rush like never before. The toss itself was unlike anything I have ever experienced. I felt like time had stopped. A million and one thoughts crossed my mind. It was all very surreal. I was screaming, laughing even at some point. The rush was amazing. You can never be mentally prepared for that kind of experience. It was very exhilarating.
We got pulled up higher and higher until we could see over the entire mall, into the city at night. The view was stunning. We paused mid-air and I could finally catch a breath. I could hear my sister still screaming which was hilarious. We felt on top of the world. I caught a glimpse of the people down below, living the vicarious thrill, cheering us on. Of course they looked like ants from this point.
Before I could finish that thought, we are pulled down. The force and speed isn’t as intense. We go down slowly, and as we almost reach the ground I look around to the audience before us. Some look excited (especially my father and older brother) and others look scared for their life and what they are about to go through.
There aren’t enough adjectives in the world to describe the thrill, joy, adrenaline, freedom I felt from the experience. It is one of my most memorable experiences and definitely the perfect way to end the year 2016 and kick start 2017. It definitely motivated me to start the New Year with a new found confidence and appreciation for the little adventures in life.
– Neema Nkatha