Malaysia Bound

It’s almost been five years since I started watching videos of people jumping KL Tower. I remember thinking that the whole thing looked fake and couldn’t get my head around the fact that people actually did stuff like that.

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Now I’m sitting in a hotel room waiting for my flight out tomorrow to be one of those people. It’s surreal to say the least. It’s such a cliché to say ‘you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it’ but I’ve accomplished so many things that seemed impossible at the outset that I fully believe it. People who make excuses for x, y, and z are always the ones who never end up doing anything with their lives and if that statement pisses you off then you are likely one of those people. Five years ago I knew absolutely nothing about BASE jumping and now I have over 500 jumps, work as an Instructor, and my life revolves around it. If that isn’t a testimony to going after your dreams I don’t know what is.

At the same time it’s not like attending this event has been the only thing I’ve been working towards in my life for the last five years. I set the goal off in the distance, figured out what I needed to do to get there, and chipped away at it. Attaining anything in life is the exact same. Break the goal down into baby steps and start walking.

I feel excited, nervous, proud, and undeserving all at the same time. Very strange feeling. This is a huge milestone for me on the endless journey I’m on.

The tower jump is just one of three events I’ll be attending out there. There is another building event, and a cliff event before KL Tower – each are going to be four days long so that’s a lot of potential jumping!

As I sit here on the eve of my departure I’m re-watching all the videos I can find from past years and preparing myself mentally, getting inspired, and pinching myself in disbelief that I am actually going.

I have lots of goals, and certain things I want to do at each event but the main thing I desire is to come home in one piece and continue playing the game.

Here is a video from last years event.

 

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