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Daring to Do Something Different

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, May 29, 2017

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. I have met many young men who have joined the military and each time I look into their eyes, I see a brave person who is able to confront fears I never had to face at that age. Some of them may have come face-to-face with Death, yet continue to move forward.

This holiday, I planned to take on my fear of heights once more and take on a challenge that involved a glass slide located one thousand feet in the air at the very top of the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River. I contacted three of my closest friends and we met up in Downtown Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. Before seven o'clock, I was on an elevator to the 72nd floor of the new OUE SkySpace observation deck holding a ticket for the SkySlide.

I am not a fan of heights and even less of a fan of ledges because ever since I was little, I could imagine slipping under the baracades of bridges or tripping over a handrail and accidentally falling. The SkySlide was nothing different because it is a slide box made with glass 1.25" thick and built around the side of the building. I opted to remove my glasses before I boarded the ride. As soon as I qued up to slide down, I looked across the vast cement buildings of East LA, and I let go.

It might be true that we only live once, but the term YOLO should not be used on rare occasions like riding a SkyBridge. This day is reserved to honor the memories of people who served, protected, and honored a cause much larger than themselves because of their dedication.

This Memorial Day's challenge is to step outside of your comfort zone, because after all, You Only Live Once.

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KimLuster at 4:49AM, May 30, 2017

That sky slide is on my bucket list!!

Banes at 6:32AM, May 29, 2017

I have a little fear of heights, too - spent some time last summer climbing a ladder and trying to step onto my roof. Didn't get too far; I'll try it again this year. Good Memorial Day to you!

Ozoneocean at 12:43AM, May 29, 2017

That sounds like a fantastic ride! Good on you for going for it. The series of events it would take to make you fall over the side as you describe them though was very humorous, it reminded me of a Mr Bean sketch.

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