So I’ve handed in my resignation. The final letter cutting off my umbilical cord with this company I grew to love. Called up the husband and his parting words were ‘..the safety net is off, now fly.’
I hope I’ve thought this through.
The words Base Jumper cross my head.
I was in Switzerland for most of last year, working out of our global office, merci beaucoup. I was living alone, travelling across Europe with new friends and had never felt more adventurous. So I decided to paraglide. I’m not usually the sporty kinds so this was a big deal. I felt free, fluttering over the gorgeous Alps, breathing in crisp Swiss air and feeling literally on top of the world.
While I was landing, tethered to a million ropes and strapped to a pro, doing a tandem paraglide, feeling ridiculously adventurous, we crossed a cliff with a bunch of guys standing on top. My guide pointed at them and said they were Base Jumpers.
Base Jumping is a kind of parachuting, giving adrenaline junkies a buzz that lasts just seconds. But BASE jumpers don’t dive out of planes. They jump without any strings attached from tall buildings, bridges and cliffs (BASE stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth).
They could jump from heights of as high as a 1,000 meters and open the parachute barely a few hundred meters from the ground.
It’s caused 25 people to die in 2014. (Source: http://www.blincmagazine.com/forum/wiki/Fatality_Statistics)
Jumping off a cliff. Without a safety net. Without a hand to hold.
I’m pretty sure I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, getting ready to base jump right now.
In that case, I have no option but to prepare as a base jumper would.
First thing, inform family and friends.
This is going to be a freaking crazy ride and I have no clue where I’m going to land. So yes, important to do that.
Second, make a will.
Well, not exactly a will but surely figure out how I’m going to be managing my finances while I stop earning. Sure, the husband earns, but I LOVE my financial independence and I’ll have to start making money as soon as possible without dipping too much into the savings.
Third, talk to other experienced jumpers.
Over the last few weeks I’ve met and spoken to several folks who’ve jumped ships, rather built their own ships and they all had one thing in common – belief and a manic fighter spirit.
Fourth, have a backup plan in case the parachute fails.
While I really hope I fly, I know I need a fall back option if this thing doesn’t work out – are the HR consultants reading this, listening?
So I’ve decided to take the jump and I have a few cliffs I want to take the leap from. Photography and content writing being a few.
Tomorrow onwards I begin my flight through each of these.
Let’s see where this jumper lands.