There is something to be said for not having time to think about and over-think about and worry about things.
A few days ago I was given the opportunity to go skydiving- a tandem skydive. Now, this is something that has never been on my bucket list in any form. Not that I held any scorn towards people who have gone- the opposite is true actually. It's just not something that I ever pictured as right for me. I mean, my hobbies include scrapbooking, cooking and yoga for heaven's sake! Not much of an adrenaline chaser, am I.
My immediate thought was:
|Or even possibly, "Hell no!"|
You can guess what I decided. "Hell, yes!" I came to the conclusion that it scaring the crap out of me was not a good enough reason to not do this. (Full disclosure: it was more of a "Okay." The end result is the same, right?)
On Friday, I contacted 'Hippie', who is in charge of this adventure, (and the person who will be attached to my backside) to find out when this is going to take place. This weekend, was the answer (aka the next day!!!!!!!) In the frenzy of back to school preparations the whole business was pushed to the back of my mind. 24 hours really is not enough time to work yourself up into a good worry.
This morning we woke up after a good sleep in, had a leisurely breakfast, and although my nerves were starting to ramp up, I dressed in my super girl shirt and we were outta here! Off to Eden North!
|I'm gonna fly!!!!!|
We got to Eden North just a group of parachuters were coming in for a landing. It was incredible to look up and see that colourful parade overhead.
I was greeted right away by Hippie, and he quelled my nerves immediately by wrapping me in a big bear hug. That doesn't often happen when you first meet a person, but considering what we were about to do, it was absolutely settling. His enthusiasm and not-a-care-in-the-worldishness was contagious. "Let's do this!!!!" my soul screamed!
We watched a video on what to expect, signed all kinds of waivers, and I got suited up!
|Heh, heh! This is what I posted to my Facebook...|
And then. It was time. Hippie was back, the next plane was ready and the videographer/photographer was ready to go too! The following photos are all Aidan's.
|Just walking towards the plane. Cool as a cucumber....|
|Wasn't that nice of them to catch this photo? I am now looking at the plane and the horror of my situation just got real.|
|I am totally faking this smile.|
We finally reached altitude, and the pilot gave the signal to open the doors. The experienced people eagerly moved to the exit in whatever formation they were going to be jumping in. Hippie was also eager, and since I was literally attached to his hip (maybe thats how he got his name?) I went where he went. He calmly, but firmly edged us to the door, and nary a moment was given to pause and think. I was told to hang on to the holders on my sleeves so I couldn't get in the way of the parachute deploying. I think this is a lie. I think my hands needed to be there so I couldn't cling to the plane as we exited. There is no feeling that I know the name of that could describe what it feels like to stick your head out of a moving airplane. It's not what I would call a 'good' one. All bravado is now gone and my soul is no longer chanting encouragements to me. No greater good is being served by this madness...
|This is what pure terror looks like. I am so glad I wasn't doing a solo jump, because this is where the story would have ended.|
|I had one job to do as we exited the plane, and that was to push my hips forward and lift my legs up, in a lovely arch. I pretty much lost my beans and went into a fetal position. Poor Hippie had to steer us unaided.|
|And we hurtled towards Earth. In theory, all that upward push could be like a little facelift. In reality we were turned into wrinkle dogs!|
|You can tell Hippie has experience! I finally got my hands into a thumbs up position, and there I remained frozen for another 50 photos. Frozen in stone, I was a parachuting gargoyle! And I don't know how I managed that smile...|
|Lol! I need to tie my shoes! The parachute opened up, and this is where the magic starts...|
Greater good is up here!!! If everyone did this, peace would flow to all corners of the earth because you cannot help but see the world in a bigger way.
|Too soon, too soon, we are coming in for a landing.|
|I have one job here, and that is to lift my feet and let Hippie handle this. I think I got a gold star for this one!|
|Yeah. It was okay.|
|Nope! It wasn't okay. It was overthetop amazing!!!!!!!|
|Safe and sound on solid footing, it was overwhelming to see my family there waiting.|
|Today I flew and touched the heavens, but my heart and soul are right here.|