To celebrate his 50th birthday, Smith faced one of his greatest fears by bungee jumping out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, and he aired the entire thing live on his YouTube channel for the whole world to see.
Leading up to the stunt, Smith seemed pretty chill and excited, despite playing a segment featuring an expert who explained the physics of the jump and how life-threatening it could be should the tiniest thing go wrong. However, about a minute before the countdown to the actual leap, Smith’s terror finally crept up on him, and you could see it on his face.
But once the hardest part was over, Smith looked utterly blissful as he soared above the Grand Canyon, and once the daredevil was safely back on his feet, he told his family, “Nothing will ever be scarier than that. It goes from complete, absolute terror to the most magnificent bliss you’ve ever felt in your life.”
Smith then shared the lesson he learned from facing his fears, as he stated, “Don’t hesitate. Go. Commit. You gotta commit. You know, you might get hurt, you might lose something but, it’s like, you can’t experience the joy that is intended for you in life if you don’t go.” Viewers were moved by Smith overcoming his fears and by his inspirational words following the jump, like this person who tweeted:
Will Smith has really mastered this thing called life… not only is he pushing himself past his comfort zone, but he’s turned it into a PRODUCTION, the world is watching, he’s giving back, & living his best life #WillSmithTheJump
— Ayesha K. Faines✒ (@ayeshakfaines) September 25, 2018
While others shared Smith’s actual words.
Will Smith said it best: In life, you have to go after what you want – take risks. Yes, you might get your heart broken, or you might fail, but you might also succeed – and be happier than you ever imagined.
Will still giving life lessons after that jump.👏💯#WillSmithTheJump
— Ray (@S4ILOR_M4RS) September 25, 2018
1. Scared Money Don’t Make Money.
2. You have to embrace the pain before the bliss. You have to look the terror in the face before you can feel the bliss.
3. Have the freedom to be who YOU are.
— Alex Nemo Hanse (@IamthATGreat) September 25, 2018
You need terror to experience bliss..It’s spectacular! Fear traps you..The freedom to just be and do.. is exhilarating…Life is hard you might get hurt but you still got to commit…Don’t hesitate go…You can’t experience the joy that is intended if you don’t. #WillSmithTheJump pic.twitter.com/kIU7K4gBwJ
— Nicole Howard (@SisStayReady) September 25, 2018
“There’s a real relationship between freedom & joy, fear actually traps you, my father passed a little over a year ago, and there’s something about the confrontation of death that frees you!” Happy Birthday Will Smith! #WillSmithTheJump pic.twitter.com/X9zAmoglJO
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) September 25, 2018
“The way I see it, my life has been me climbing one side of a mountain and acquiring things, and now, I’m on the other side of the mountain and I want to give things away.” – Will Smith #WillSmithTheJump pic.twitter.com/L8CJmypNHP
— Miranda McDonald (@MirandaRight13) September 25, 2018
— Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) September 25, 2018
Given the many inspirational Instagram videos and the words of wisdom that Smith is known for, we knew his live jump was going to be entertaining, and he definitely did not disappoint.
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