I’ve been thinking a lot about Felix Baumgartner lately. On October 14th, he broke the speed of sound without the aid of a aircraft. Yes, he sky dived out of a balloon at 128,100 feet creating a few new world records (no shit!). And one of the coolest things was that the man who did it before him, Colonel Joe Kittinger was at mission control helping him accomplish his dream. How wonderful to have some one not only want to see his own record broken but to go all out to assist Felix in doing so.
Watching it live was both frightening and exciting. To see him on the brink, to want it so badly for him, to pray that he survived was heart pounding. I was sweating and gabbing non-stop and getting out of my chair and then sitting back down and spinning around and hoping and hoping and hoping.
My heart leapt when he did.
It was so emotional I had tears in my eyes. I wanted SO MUCH for him to succeed, to live his life to it’s fullest potential in extreme adventure. I felt like a comrade in arms with Felix.
At that moment, whether he succeeded or not, I knew he was my new hero.
It Made Me Think About Dreams
After imagining what it took to step out of his capsule and actually jump at 128,100 feet, it made me think about dreams. Yes, his dream was unimaginably monstrous and it took years (7 to be exact) of preparation, training, sponsorship, failures, testing, mental toughness, set backs, set forwards, and some serious “cojones” for him to accomplish this dream.
Our dreams should be just as big.
Can you imagine the joy in living your life to accomplish your biggest dream? Your dream may not be to go supersonic free falling from space but is it big enough? Is it big enough for YOU? And it made me think of this quote:
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell
Do you think that Felix felt alive that day? In fact, here is what he said at the press conference afterwards:
“When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about of breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific date.” the Austrian skydiver said later. “The only thing you want is to come back alive.”
And the most ironic thing happened. The man with the biggest dream in the world stood at the edge of space and realized how small we really are.
Felix said, “I know the whole world is watching now, and I wish the world could see what I see. And sometimes you have to go really high to see how small you are.”
How humbling…How amazing.
Keep Living Adventurously and Sharing Your Dreams with the World