We’ve all been there before. Whether it’s learning to ride a bike without training wheels, taking a leap of faith and going skydiving, or giving a presentation in front of a group of complete strangers, everyone has probably experienced what it’s like to mentally psyche themselves out of doing something new for the first time.
That’s probably why watching this fourth grader talk herself into bombing down a ski jump for the first time is so damn inspiring.
As her helmet-mounted camera rolls, she looks down the jump and says, “Here goes something I guess. OK, you can do this. I’m gonna jump.”
From the tone of her voice and heavy breathing, you can tell that she is absolutely freaked out. At first, we thought she was going to back out because of her fear, but instead, she takes one last deep breath and goes for it.
“OK, here…I…go!” she shouts.
After making a smooth landing, she realizes there was nothing to be afraid of in the first place. Her fear immediately transformed into pure excitement and delight as she greeted her instructor at the bottom of the jump.
“Just the suspense at the top for the first time freaks you out,” she says. “That’s the only thing, it’s so fun!”