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A moment that changed my life 2017

Out of my comfort zone

Raksha Rao

India

Some moments in life change you, for better or for worse, as a person.

Luckily, this was one of the better ones. My defining moment came up when I attempted bungee jumping for the first time, never having attempted anything exciting in my life before.

I’m a shy person. I’m scared of heights. I’m petrified of public speaking. Having an audience of more than 5 people, makes me nervous. Until then, I consciously dallied all efforts to get out of my comfort zone. It was easier that way. The most I have done is voluntarily stay away from home while graduating and switching jobs, which is too menial to even mention. So, being boring had become my unbearable reality.

With this status quo in place, if someone had told me that I could shy all these inhibitions away and change my life in one moment, I would have just rolled my eyes. And yet, I agreed in a blur of a moment to bungee jumping, without giving much thought of the upheaval it is going to cause in my life.

When my defining moment arrived, the whole of my body begged me not to do it. When I unfolded my wings and took a leap of faith into the unknown, I knew I had changed for good. In the sweltering heat of Rishikesh, I was shaking with goosebumps with a rush of adrenaline!

One of my biggest adversities had just turned into my biggest opportunity. And, the realisation hit me, only in retrospect.

Any moment can just transform you into a different person, one which could be hard to recognise yourself. And, that was it for me. Now, no matter what crazy adventure I want to do, this crazy adventure serves as a frame of reference. It’s not that the fear of public speaking has been completely flushed away, but I know that I would always go for it, irrespective of the fear. And that was a beginning of my very long tryst with adventure. I had gifted myself the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and that made all the difference in my world!


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