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  • October 14, 2012. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

    Free falling is the easy part. What's hardest is the moment before you jump, when you're standing there wondering if you'll actually do it. Because it would be so easy not to. Smarter not to. If you jump, it's likely you'll survive, but there's a chance you won't. No one's saying you have to do this. Whether you jump or climb back down, whether you live or die, that's on you.

    Here, I'm looking out at the train tracks behind my house, day one. It was the moment before the jump, and I was dazed, I was dreaming, I was weeping.

    And then I was walking.

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