As regular readers will know I frequently check the ‘blog stats’ section to see what people are searching for to bring them to this site. Recently there have been a lot of people arrive here having searched for variations on the ‘jumping off bridges’ theme, the search engine presumably picking up on my post-Euro elections piece.
For those planning to jump off a bridge, please bear the following testimony, from those who jumped off a bridge and, remarkably, survived, in mind:
Survivors often regret their decision in midair, if not before. Ken Baldwin and Kevin Hines both say they hurdled over the railing, afraid that if they stood on the chord they might lose their courage. Baldwin was twenty-eight and severely depressed on the August day in 1985 when he told his wife not to expect him home till late. “I wanted to disappear,” he said. “So the Golden Gate was the spot. I’d heard that the water just sweeps you under.” On the bridge, Baldwin counted to ten and stayed frozen. He counted to ten again, then vaulted over. “I still see my hands coming off the railing,” he said. As he crossed the chord in flight, Baldwin recalls, “I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable–except for having just jumped.”
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