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Monday, 30 January 2012

The canyon

I fastened my seat belt tightly, checked it and tugged on it again for good measure. I pulled on my headphones as the propellers began to turn, quickly matching the speed of my thoughts. In a few short seconds, with all the pre-flight checks made, the tarmac gently drifted away from us as we took to the air. I couldn't believe that I was actually doing the one thing which I vowed I would never do.
In that moment I realised that I had no choice but to let go of everything. From way up here, the only thing I had any control over were my thoughts. I decided that I wouldn't miss this for the world; and so I breathed. With every intake of air I felt my body relax and let go. I suddenly began to smile as I looked down over the Hoover Dam, the sun glistening on the water. Circling around, we continued up and out towards the canyon.
After gently touching down onto rocky earth, I stepped out into one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. I looked out across the horizon and couldn't help but wonder about the nature of fear and how it can prevent us from doing certain things in life; Moments which enrich and colour the world around us.
Sometimes in life, we have to embrace our fears and do the one thing which terrifies us the most in order to feel truly alive. And in that moment, I felt more alive than ever.


  1. Beautiful Jeff. So envious of your helicopter ride and visit to the Grand Canyon. Here I am a US citizen, been to Vegas so many times, but never took advantage of it. One day...

  2. Hi Bill,
    Thanks so much! It was a truly amazing experience. I love Vegas. It's a crazy place isn't it!...Next time you are there, you should look into it. :-)

  3. I'm glad you were safely strapped in, remember the 'door' incident!!!!
    As always a wonderful piece. xxx

  4. I was REALLY glad that the pilot listened to you when you said about the door not being closed properly! Was an amazing adventure. Thanks sweet pea. Xx


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