- Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
"Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running—that's the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars reflecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters. And if your cans are redhot and you can't hold them in your hands, just use good old railroad gloves, that's all."
- Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
"Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" -Children's Rhyme
"I usually get myself into situations that cause sparks. I mean I'm a girl that likes the storms. I love feeling alive, I love walking out in the cold in my bare feet and feeling the ice on my toes." -Tori Amos
What makes you feel most alive?
"This was taken back in 2006 while I was vacationing in Australia. I was with a couple of friends, Marco included, who was, and I believe still is, a very unquiet person! He is swiss and I'm from Brazil, and it's been sometime since we last talked. He's become a father already! Well, we were talking about many things that day, including how lucky we were for being there and having such a great time. Our motto there was: 'We are very lucky!' So, out of the blue he came up with the idea of making this photo. Since it can hurt a little, I had one shot, and that came out." -Luiz
Here at JB, we know that sometimes 'jumping' can mean many different things to different people. Jumping brings us into the moment and jumping into something (the unknown, a fear, etc.) can be a life-changing experience, reminding us how remarkably brave each one of us is at heart. That's why we loved Tyler's blog post about confronting one of his greatest fears. Read on, and check out his website, Advanced Riskology, at http://advancedriskology.com/the-fastest-way-to-cure-a-fear/!
"The fastest way to cure a fear... is to confront it head on...
Jumping from a plane is something that’s fascinated me since I was a child, but has always felt far beyond my comfort zone. I can’t tell you how happy I am I did this.
It’s not about pride; I don’t really feel any sense of accomplishment or like I achieved something beyond my ability – I just fell out of an airplane and Archie saved my life before we hit the ground.
And I didn’t 'conquer' my fear – I’m still afraid of heights – but I did confront it. I proved to myself that my fear is irrational and even though I still feel it, I can work around it. Getting on a ladder won’t be nearly as scary anymore.
Most of all, I’m excited to know that I’ll have one less regret to deal with when my time here is up. The nagging pain and internal strife that results from a life lived in security is ultimately much worse than the effort it takes to do something that will set you at ease..." -Tyler, 'Professor of Riskology'
From his website at: http://advancedriskology.com/the-fastest-way-to-cure-a-fear/
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“I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like--like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go.”
- Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall
"We jump because freedom is amazing!" - Suzette, with daughter and friends
Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte Province, Philippines
These photos were sent as a submission for our recent Jump Because Challenge + Contest. The winner of the contest's submission is featured here.
Jumpers were asked to submit a photo that best represents this quote from jumping inspiration, Philippe Halsman.
"When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears."
“This is the problem with dealing with someone who is actually a good listener. They don’t jump in on your sentences, saving you from actually finishing them, or talk over you, allowing what you do manage to get out to be lost or altered in transit. Instead, they wait, so you have to keep going.”
- Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
"I jump for the wonder of that brief moment when my feet aren't stuck to the ground.
I jump to get just a little bit closer to the sky." - Stila