Life and love are a lot like bungee jumping
Life and love are a lot like bungee jumping, says author Kyle Idleman.
"After high school graduation, I joined my senior class for a trip to Dallas, Texas. While there, for the first time ever I saw someone bungee jump. At several hundred feet off the ground, this was one of the tallest jumps in the country. We watched as a guy got ready to make the leap with nothing but a chord strapped to his ankles. He dove headfirst, and it was clear my fellow students were impressed. Trying to sound cool enough to bungee jump but too cool to actually spend the money, here’s what came out of my mouth: 'I’d do that, but I’m not going to spend 40 bucks on it.'"
Calling his bluff, a girl in his class held up $20 and asked, “Would this help?”
He was stuck. Women do that to guys -- that sweet smile that lets the air out of the ol' macho tires.
Idleman's been there. He's the executive director of a new Samuel Goldwyn Film scheduled for release September 26th -- THE SONG from City on a Hill Studio. It takes an honest look into the life of a world-weary recording artist searching for meaning and love.
Inspired by the Bible's Song of Solomon, the film is about love and lovers ... and is intended to generate honest conversations about tough topics, such as fear. Idleman's been there. "At that point, my back was against the wall," he recalls as he gazed up at the bungee jumping platform. "A girl had called my bluff -- in front of everyone. I could’ve said, 'Well, I’m not going to spend 20 bucks on it either,' but that wouldn’t have gone over well. So without stopping to consider the fact that I don’t like heights, I took the $20 bill and got in line."
However, once he found himself up in the air, Idleman confesses he was "overcome with paralyzing fear."
He turned to the operator and admitted, “I can’t do it. I just can’t do it! Would you just give me a shove?”
No, he answered, "we’re not legally allowed to push someone off.” However, he had advice: "Sometimes it works if you just close your eyes and fall. Anybody can do that.”
So young Idleman did just that.
"I didn’t so much as bungee jump, I bungee fell."
THE SONG follows an aspiring singer-songwriter who is struggling to escape the long shadow of his country-music legend dad. At a smalltown gig, the boy is love-struck by a vineyard owner’s daughter played by Ali Faulkner from TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN. He writes her a love song which becomes a breakout hit. But thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptationhis Jed’s life begins to fall apart.
"It’s one thing to say what you are going to do, but it’s another to do it," recalls Idleman, remembering that bungee ledge. "Action is where a lot of us get stuck. We know what needs to be done, but when we step out onto the platform, we just can’t move."
So it is in life.