By Special Request (and, therefore, in honor of new_brunette), I am putting in my entry to continue the jumping teenaged male photos started by today's entry by ruralrob and then continued by nalsa. (Hat's off to Rob for posting one of his best images ever. The last one in the series at his lj is just incredible)
Anyway, over at new_brunette's lj I made the following comment:
Years ago -- and I do mean years ago -- I was at the beach with a youth group retreat and one of the guys in the group looked over the edge of the boardwalk. It was a good 15'-20' down to the sand below. After finding no one below he backed up several paces, ran at the railing and jumped!What I didn't write at the time was that for a while I had tried pretty well to convince myself that I didn't make the jump. That I didn't repeatedly make those jumps. It wasn't that I was afraid of trying it again, it was that a part of me was trying to convince myself that I'd never been that daring and adventurous before and that there wasn't any place for that in my life now.
I was just amazed! I pulled out my camera (my trusty Fuji ST-605 at the time) and took several pictures of him jumping. (One of them even got published in the youth group's sponsor's newsletter)
Then I tried it. It was an amazing feeling, shedding my inhibitions and doing something I never would have considered doing otherwise. I barely thought about the possiblity of not clearing the railing, catching my foot and tumbling down into the sand face, arm or other flailing body part first. Never thought about landing wrong or how my back would take the impact.
A few years later I was back at that same beach and looked up at the boardwalk from the sand and wondered how in the world I ever managed to do such a thing. I must have been absolutely out of my mind.
Either that, or young.
Looking at Rob's image today reminded me that once I was that young, that agile and that able to jump over obstacles, making a leap of faith into the air with the ground well beyond a safe distance beneath my feet.
It's a very good, very empowering thing to remember.
( The image published, along with two others, resides just a clicky-thing away... )