This is where I sat.
Knees weak with fear and excitement.
I had just climbed down from the top of the cliff,
body hugged close to the rocks.
More afraid of falling backwards
than making my own choice to jump.
It was a long way down.
I've done this before.
But maybe not from this high.
My heart was pounding and
I felt my own mortality.
I felt alive.
I was as ready as I'll ever be.
Seconds rushed by with the air.
My toes plunged in first,
torpedoing through the water.
This was a different world.
Sound returned, filling up my ears.
as I shot back up to the surface.