Updated: Nov 23, 2020
I have ADD. It's not what you think.
I have ADD.
It's not what you think.
It's Adventure Deficit Disorder.
And that's how I found myself climbing over the rail of a bridge wearing only a swimsuit and a parachute.
I could see my wife and five small children 500 ft below in a boat on the Snake River.
They looked like ants from that height.
It was one of those perfect summer mornings in Idaho.
But all I noticed was the gentle bouncing of the bridge as each car drove across.
My palms were sweating… like yours are right now while reading this. :)
My heart was pounding -- and for good reason!
I was standing on the 'wrong' side of the rail and was about to let go and fall.
What was I thinking?!
But I didn't want to look like a wuss to the base-jumping-stunt-men I was with...
So I counted...
Then let go of the rail and felt the adrenaline of the free fall.
WHAT A RUSH!
Less than 4 seconds later, the parachute deployed.
I glided down and landed in the water 10 seconds? later.
My wife picked me up with the boat.
It was one of the coolest moments of my life.
(I got to jump twice that day.)
And it made me feel like a man.
Because I faced my fears.
Because I did something dangerous.
Because I felt intimidated but conquered it.
Because I did something challenging.
Because I LIVED!
Men NEED Adventure!
(The second 'A' of the 7 Things a Man NEEDS to Be a 'Bad A').
No, you don’t have to BASE jump off bridges, like I did.
But yes, you do need to do things that challenge you, excite you, and sometimes intimidate or scare you.
Maybe it’s a marathon or an Iron Man.
Maybe it’s a long road trip or an international expedition.