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So were driving along, a road in the middle of nowhere, a few trees now and then on each side of the road, mountains in the distance, there hasnt been a town for ages and then you see this sign, not really a proper sign at all, just a piece of card with some words scribbled on it: Bungee Jumping, 5km, and an arrow pointing to the left. I cant even see a road going left, and theres certainly no sign of any bungee jumping, but you insist, the idea has taken you, youre crazy about it, youve always wanted to do bungee jumping. I know, you think Im boring because I dont want to go.

 

Go on! you insist. We dont even have to do the bungee jumping, we can just go there and see whats happening. Itll be interesting! As usual, you get your way. I give in and off we go along this dirt road, for what seems much more than five kilometres to me. But then, after driving for ages, suddenly, out of nowhere, some trees appear, like a small wood.

 

This must be the place, you say. The road narrows into just a path, so we pull over to the side of the road. I couldnt drive down there if I wanted to. As soon as were out of the car we can hear voices: people shouting and laughing. They sound like young people, they sound like theyre having a good time.

 

We slowly walk to where the noise and people are. In the middle of the wood theres a group of about 20 people. The youngest are about 15 or 16, while some of them are perhaps in their late 20s.

 

They look up and see us, then say hello to us. Theyre polite, friendly even, but I feel like were interrupting a private party gatecrashing something theyre doing.

 

Once there had been a river running through the middle of the forest, but now there was just a dry ditch. It doesnt matter; nobody is interested in swimming. A metal bridge crosses the ditch. The bridge doesnt look too stable. I think the kids had built it themselves. Theres a big group of the kids in the middle of the bridge. Theyre all leaning over and looking down into the ditch. Theyre all shouting and laughing. Another person is hanging from a long piece of elastic rope in the middle of the ditch. He is laughing like he is mad. The other people slowly pull him up to the bridge. As the guy comes to the top he looks exhilarated and shocked, but also very, very happy.

 

I look at you and can see what youre thinking.

 

I want to do that! you say. I knew it. And you know what I want to say: Danger!!! Damage to internal organs! Safety procedures! Damage to your eyes! The rope can burn you! You can get tangled up in the rope! You can dislocate your arm or your leg! Its certain that you will get bruises on your arms! What happens if the rope breaks? Who knows who these people are? Have you any idea how far away from a hospital we are? I dont say it, but, yes, youre right, I am thinking it. I dont say anything, because I know that you wont have answers for any of my questions. You know that Im right, really.

 

Youve always been a lot more adventurous than me. I know you think Im boring and safe and always worried about danger and risk.

 

Perhaps youre right. Perhaps I am too boring.

 

I dont know why people do it. I really dont know. I remember when I was a kid, my friend had a bicycle that had no brakes. We used to take his bike without brakes and go down a big hill on it. I think about that, that old bike so many years ago, and I remember how I felt then.

 

I breathe in, close my eyes, dont think about anything. I jump. I think Im going forever and wonder when Ill stop. But it feels great. I feel scared and thrilled and alive. Then theres a pull and Im going back up again, and, yes, it is dangerous, but, yes, it is thrilling. But the most exciting, thrilling, wonderful thing of all is seeing your face as I come back up to the bridge.




Previously Shared Stories, 

Enjoy Reading;


| Bond of Love and the Truth

| The Circle of Good Deed

| The Seven Wonders

| The Frog in Hot Water

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| The Bridge

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| Act of Kindness and Goodwill

| Happiness and Sorrow

| Developing a Relationship

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| The Needs and Desires

| The Ant and The Dove

| The Lion and a Clever Fox

| Sometimes Just let it be

| Choose Your Words Wisely

| Hundred Gold Coins & Birbal

| Farmers Well & Witty Birbal

| Tenali Rama and the Brinjal Curry

| How long can you keep hatred in your heart?

| Appreciation of Hard Work

| Little Boys Meeting with God

| 100 Percent Love

| An Old Man Lived in the Village

| A Kings Painting

| This was bound to happen

| Wealth without a Value

| Learn to Appreciate

| Fox and The Goat

| The Golden Egg

| Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow

| The Three Questions

| The Old Man and the Three Young Men

| The Bear and The Two Friends

| Think Before You Judge

| Georgie Porgie

| A Wise Old Owl

| Baa Baa Black Sheep

| Beg Your Pardon Mrs Hardin

| A limit of your Kindness

| The Man and The Little Cat

| The False Human Belief

| Making Relations Special

| The Monkey and The Crocodile

| The Wicked Barbers Plight

| The Wooden Bowl

| Smartest Man in the World

| The Little Mouse

| Helping Others

| Fear vs Respect

| Little Boys Love for his Family

| Unity is Strength

| The Pig and The Sheep

| Father Son Conversation

| Whats for Dinner

| The Poor Mans Wealth
| Grandpas Table

| The Lazy Farmer

| Who or What do we love more?

| The Three Types of People

| The Cat, the Partridge and the Hare

| Birbals Wisdom

| The Travelers and The Plane Tree

| Boys Job Appraisal

| Birbal caught the Thief

| Five More Minutes

| The Kite without a thread

| Lesson Learned

| The Wet Pants

| Cycle of Evil

| The Farmer and the Snake

| A Man with a Lamp

| The King and Macaw Parrots

| A friend in need is a friend indeed.

| A Town Mouse and A Country Mouse

| Rose for Mother

| The Praying Hands

| One who read the future

| Always let your boss have the first say

| Crows in the Kingdom

| The Dreaming Priest

| Information Please

| Why Should I feel Bad?

| Two Frogs

| Baby Camel and Mother

| The Eternal Bond of Brother and Sister

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| Always let your boss have the first say

| The Man and the Lion

| The Needy King and a Sage

| The Pot of the Wit

| Wealth without a Value

| The Eagle and the Woodcutter

| The Wild Doves

| The Swan and the Owl

| Zeus and the Potsherds

| The Wise Old Man

| Having a Best Friend

| A Soldiers Story

| Never to Give Up

| Looking at Mirror

| Lazy Donkey

| Controlling Temper

| Gift from Daughter

| Father and the Donkey

| The Seven Ravens

| Rodney Rhino's weekend Plans

| Sunny Days Favourite Sounds

| The Easter Story

| Simple Life Rules

| Ramu and the Mangoes

| Greedy Motu Mal

| The Snowdrop

| The Last Pearl

| The Fountain of Youth

| The Naughty Clock Winder

| The Magic Turtle

| The First Messenger

| The Cold Planet

| The Loss of Treasure

| The Turtle and the Monkey

| The Friend's Pot

| The Loss of Treasure

| Stubborn Goats

| Birbals Khichri (Rice)

| The Fox and the Grapes

| Boys Weakness

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| Pundit and Rich Man

| The Best Practice Ever

| Love is in the Air

| Lost and Found

| The Pet Shop

| The Story of Eklavya

| Greedy Motu Mal

| Kimberly's Acting

| Language Confusion

| Nicole's Drums

| Sean and the Birthday Cake

| What are You Talking About?

| Emily's Secret

|  April's Month

| A Surprise from Australia

| The Clever Student

| Kalpana Sarojs life

|  PUBS AND THEIR SIGNS

| A Silly Science Experiment

| The story of the skyscraper

| Adaptation

| Pea Blossom

| Mistaken Gifts

| Jesus' Twelve Friends

| The Easter Story

| Angus the Tartan Goat

| Yankee Doodle

| The Boy in the Paper Boat

| The First Voyage

| The Golden Bird

|  The cold planet

| Opportunity

| Kimberly's Acting

| In Heaven

|  Act like the Others

 | The Clever Bull

| Too Tiny for Tea

| Foolish Imitation

| The Crow and The Necklace

| How Dave visited a doctor

| Lisa's Fluffy - Golf

| The Clever Crab

|  The Echo

| A serious case

| Alberto's new neighbours

| A Haunted House

| Empathy

| Coming back up

| The Donkey Who Would Sing

| The Wolf in Sheep-skin

| Holi

|  Twins week

| Two Friends and The Bear

| The Russian butter week, Maslenitsa, has just started.

|  Online Dating






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| Coming back up

Coming Back up



So were driving along, a road in the middle of nowhere, a few trees now and then on each side of the road, mountains in the distance, there hasnt been a town for ages and then you see this sign, not really a proper sign at all, just a piece of card with some words scribbled on it: Bungee Jumping, 5km, and an arrow pointing to the left. I cant even see a road going left, and theres certainly no sign of any bungee jumping, but you insist, the idea has taken you, youre crazy about it, youve always wanted to do bungee jumping. I know, you think Im boring because I dont want to go.

 

Go on! you insist. We dont even have to do the bungee jumping, we can just go there and see whats happening. Itll be interesting! As usual, you get your way. I give in and off we go along this dirt road, for what seems much more than five kilometres to me. But then, after driving for ages, suddenly, out of nowhere, some trees appear, like a small wood.

 

This must be the place, you say. The road narrows into just a path, so we pull over to the side of the road. I couldnt drive down there if I wanted to. As soon as were out of the car we can hear voices: people shouting and laughing. They sound like young people, they sound like theyre having a good time.

 

We slowly walk to where the noise and people are. In the middle of the wood theres a group of about 20 people. The youngest are about 15 or 16, while some of them are perhaps in their late 20s.

 

They look up and see us, then say hello to us. Theyre polite, friendly even, but I feel like were interrupting a private party gatecrashing something theyre doing.

 

Once there had been a river running through the middle of the forest, but now there was just a dry ditch. It doesnt matter; nobody is interested in swimming. A metal bridge crosses the ditch. The bridge doesnt look too stable. I think the kids had built it themselves. Theres a big group of the kids in the middle of the bridge. Theyre all leaning over and looking down into the ditch. Theyre all shouting and laughing. Another person is hanging from a long piece of elastic rope in the middle of the ditch. He is laughing like he is mad. The other people slowly pull him up to the bridge. As the guy comes to the top he looks exhilarated and shocked, but also very, very happy.

 

I look at you and can see what youre thinking.

 

I want to do that! you say. I knew it. And you know what I want to say: Danger!!! Damage to internal organs! Safety procedures! Damage to your eyes! The rope can burn you! You can get tangled up in the rope! You can dislocate your arm or your leg! Its certain that you will get bruises on your arms! What happens if the rope breaks? Who knows who these people are? Have you any idea how far away from a hospital we are? I dont say it, but, yes, youre right, I am thinking it. I dont say anything, because I know that you wont have answers for any of my questions. You know that Im right, really.

 

Youve always been a lot more adventurous than me. I know you think Im boring and safe and always worried about danger and risk.

 

Perhaps youre right. Perhaps I am too boring.

 

I dont know why people do it. I really dont know. I remember when I was a kid, my friend had a bicycle that had no brakes. We used to take his bike without brakes and go down a big hill on it. I think about that, that old bike so many years ago, and I remember how I felt then.

 

I breathe in, close my eyes, dont think about anything. I jump. I think Im going forever and wonder when Ill stop. But it feels great. I feel scared and thrilled and alive. Then theres a pull and Im going back up again, and, yes, it is dangerous, but, yes, it is thrilling. But the most exciting, thrilling, wonderful thing of all is seeing your face as I come back up to the bridge.




Previously Shared Stories, 

Enjoy Reading;


| Bond of Love and the Truth

| The Circle of Good Deed

| The Seven Wonders

| The Frog in Hot Water

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| The Bridge

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| Act of Kindness and Goodwill

| Happiness and Sorrow

| Developing a Relationship

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| The Needs and Desires

| The Ant and The Dove

| The Lion and a Clever Fox

| Sometimes Just let it be

| Choose Your Words Wisely

| Hundred Gold Coins & Birbal

| Farmers Well & Witty Birbal

| Tenali Rama and the Brinjal Curry

| How long can you keep hatred in your heart?

| Appreciation of Hard Work

| Little Boys Meeting with God

| 100 Percent Love

| An Old Man Lived in the Village

| A Kings Painting

| This was bound to happen

| Wealth without a Value

| Learn to Appreciate

| Fox and The Goat

| The Golden Egg

| Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow

| The Three Questions

| The Old Man and the Three Young Men

| The Bear and The Two Friends

| Think Before You Judge

| Georgie Porgie

| A Wise Old Owl

| Baa Baa Black Sheep

| Beg Your Pardon Mrs Hardin

| A limit of your Kindness

| The Man and The Little Cat

| The False Human Belief

| Making Relations Special

| The Monkey and The Crocodile

| The Wicked Barbers Plight

| The Wooden Bowl

| Smartest Man in the World

| The Little Mouse

| Helping Others

| Fear vs Respect

| Little Boys Love for his Family

| Unity is Strength

| The Pig and The Sheep

| Father Son Conversation

| Whats for Dinner

| The Poor Mans Wealth
| Grandpas Table

| The Lazy Farmer

| Who or What do we love more?

| The Three Types of People

| The Cat, the Partridge and the Hare

| Birbals Wisdom

| The Travelers and The Plane Tree

| Boys Job Appraisal

| Birbal caught the Thief

| Five More Minutes

| The Kite without a thread

| Lesson Learned

| The Wet Pants

| Cycle of Evil

| The Farmer and the Snake

| A Man with a Lamp

| The King and Macaw Parrots

| A friend in need is a friend indeed.

| A Town Mouse and A Country Mouse

| Rose for Mother

| The Praying Hands

| One who read the future

| Always let your boss have the first say

| Crows in the Kingdom

| The Dreaming Priest

| Information Please

| Why Should I feel Bad?

| Two Frogs

| Baby Camel and Mother

| The Eternal Bond of Brother and Sister

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| Always let your boss have the first say

| The Man and the Lion

| The Needy King and a Sage

| The Pot of the Wit

| Wealth without a Value

| The Eagle and the Woodcutter

| The Wild Doves

| The Swan and the Owl

| Zeus and the Potsherds

| The Wise Old Man

| Having a Best Friend

| A Soldiers Story

| Never to Give Up

| Looking at Mirror

| Lazy Donkey

| Controlling Temper

| Gift from Daughter

| Father and the Donkey

| The Seven Ravens

| Rodney Rhino's weekend Plans

| Sunny Days Favourite Sounds

| The Easter Story

| Simple Life Rules

| Ramu and the Mangoes

| Greedy Motu Mal

| The Snowdrop

| The Last Pearl

| The Fountain of Youth

| The Naughty Clock Winder

| The Magic Turtle

| The First Messenger

| The Cold Planet

| The Loss of Treasure

| The Turtle and the Monkey

| The Friend's Pot

| The Loss of Treasure

| Stubborn Goats

| Birbals Khichri (Rice)

| The Fox and the Grapes

| Boys Weakness

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| Pundit and Rich Man

| The Best Practice Ever

| Love is in the Air

| Lost and Found

| The Pet Shop

| The Story of Eklavya

| Greedy Motu Mal

| Kimberly's Acting

| Language Confusion

| Nicole's Drums

| Sean and the Birthday Cake

| What are You Talking About?

| Emily's Secret

|  April's Month

| A Surprise from Australia

| The Clever Student

| Kalpana Sarojs life

|  PUBS AND THEIR SIGNS

| A Silly Science Experiment

| The story of the skyscraper

| Adaptation

| Pea Blossom

| Mistaken Gifts

| Jesus' Twelve Friends

| The Easter Story

| Angus the Tartan Goat

| Yankee Doodle

| The Boy in the Paper Boat

| The First Voyage

| The Golden Bird

|  The cold planet

| Opportunity

| Kimberly's Acting

| In Heaven

|  Act like the Others

 | The Clever Bull

| Too Tiny for Tea

| Foolish Imitation

| The Crow and The Necklace

| How Dave visited a doctor

| Lisa's Fluffy - Golf

| The Clever Crab

|  The Echo

| A serious case

| Alberto's new neighbours

| A Haunted House

| Empathy

| Coming back up

| The Donkey Who Would Sing

| The Wolf in Sheep-skin

| Holi

|  Twins week

| Two Friends and The Bear

| The Russian butter week, Maslenitsa, has just started.

|  Online Dating






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