I jumped off a cliff and made a dance video on 7-mile beach in Negril on Day 5 of my trip to Jamaica!
I’ve never jumped off a cliff. I’ve also never made a dance video in front of people in another country. This whole day, I was just saying, “Wuuuuuuuuuuttttt?!” to my self the whole time. Because this day was all about conquering my fears. Pushing myself past my limits. Encouraging myself to do the things I had planned to do and explore my boundaries.
Before heading out to jump off a cliff in Negril, I have to tell you about what happened with my travel partner.
We started the day off kind of slow because I woke up late. (Read the story in my last blog post here.) After walking home the night before, I stayed on the phone for a little with my boyfriend and then finally went to bed around 5 AM. The friend I got into a fight with was actually supposed to take us to Negril but that plan fell through because of the fight we had.
I decided that I wanted to enjoy the next day and not think about what had happened. I was not going to allow that to ruin my mood.
Luckily, my travel buddy had met someone the day before when he visited a place that does mud massages by the river, and we were able to book someone else to drive us out to Negril.
Before leaving the house, he went out for his usual run. He came back a short while later and he was limping. He had injured his leg. His demeanor slowly changed from chipper to unhappy throughout the day, and he didn’t want to participate in anything we did once we got to Negril.
Long story short, he didn’t want to walk by the water when we got to 7-mile beach and we got into an argument when we reached Rick’s Cafe because he was in pain and he gave me attitude about something I asked him, so I got snappy right back at him.
At that moment, for the first time, I had a chat with myself. I asked myself if I had traveled that whole way to allow a minor squabble to ruin my trip. I’ve always allowed my emotions to just do whatever they wanted to do with me. I would frequently allow other people to make me angry and in turn, I would shut down and no longer participate in whatever activity we were doing.
That was the first moment I was able to literally feel myself shift my emotions from annoyed to happy again. It was the most powerful thing I have done for myself to date. This was life-changing for me.
I spent the rest of the day just working myself up to shoot the dance video and jump off the cliff at Rick’s Cafe.
Dancing in front of a bunch of strangers that had no clue what I was doing with a camera was extremely nerve wrecking, but one of my goals was to get out of my shell and stop caring about who’s watching me or who is thinking what. I had been dreaming of and planning this shoot for weeks and I couldn’t miss this opportunity. It was slightly uncomfortable, but once I got started, I was fine. Another lesson learned: Nothing bad will happen if you just focus on yourself.
Check out the dance video I made below.
Jumping off the cliff was also another test to myself. I wanted to get over my fears by pushing past them and doing something memorable and fun. If I can jump off the cliff, I can do anything else. There’s no reason not to. It was so scary but in the end, I jumped and I am so glad I did.
Alright, life travelers, check out my vlog and my dance video! Hope you enjoy it!
Sending you lots of fearless vibes,
P.S. Who has jumped off a cliff before?