Hey Everyone! So I am just so excited to share this with you all. I have accomplished one of my dreams, and that is – SKYDIVING!
Now I am from Brampton, Canada(just outside Toronto)..but I decided California was the perfect place to skydive..and oh, it was, it really was.
I decided to take a trip to Los Angeles with my friend Tia from work and my friend Michelle. After all the crap that has gone on in my life the last few years, this was something I needed!
I am the type of person who likes to challenge and push myself. I enjoy seeing what I am capable of, and then making myself even more capable to do other things. I figured hey – I got public speaking down, skydiving has to be next. Conquer your fears was my mantra and hey all the greatest and most rewarding things lie on the other side of fear.
So I mustered up the courage, and to be honest I didn’t even really need to. People kept going on about how crazy that is and scary and stuff. The whole thought excited me much more than it scared me, although of course signing my life away made me a little nervous. But even then, not really!
So we get to Skydive Santa Barbara, we watch the video, sign the papers, and put on our gear. They put a harness on you and strap you all up. You have to go with an instructor of course, and after 25 jumps you could eventually get certified to jump on your own. That seems pretty cool to me, maybe I will do it one day.
So me and Tia wait for the plane, which arrives to pick us up along with about 5 other skydivers. As we go up, the intensity builds. I am getting more excited by the second. We reach 1000 ft, and he tells us we have 12 more to go. We were really high. Apparently there is an 18,000 ft jump as well that I will do the next time I decide I need to jump out of a plane. So once we reach the desired altitude, the door opens. Now its real. Now its soooo real. The first jumper gets ready to go and he literally does 5 flips out of the plane! It looked super cool but this is when I started feeling a little bit of fear. They just rolled out of the plane and dropped. Then it was me! AHH I was next but the adrenaline was pumping through my veins and I was ready!
All of a sudden it just kind of happened, I sat close to the edge and I guess the instructor launched us because we rolled right out of that plane so quick.
And then, you are freefalling. No parachute yet, just your body dropping through the atmosphere with nothing but ground underneath you. After about a minute of this freefall, the instructor pulls the shoot. Then you are just soaring. He let me steer the parachute, and he took pictures and video the whole time.
We came into land and it was much less scary than I thought. I had been nervous about the landing because someone told me they knew someone who broke both their legs. But it was so slow and smooth that I’m not quite sure how that happened unless you free fell the whole way down lol. I touched ground, was grateful to be alive(haha) and to be honest quite dizzy. My ears popped like crazy and I felt a but disoriented when we landed. Then I tried to process what I just did. It all happened so quickly. Oh my, I can do anything I thought. I am a BAD ASS.
It was truly an amazing life changing experience. It has really grown me and given me a new perspective. Feeling that absolute peace and freedom was so liberating. It was also so empowering to conquer a fear so many have. It has built my confidence, and reminds me what I am capable of.
If you have a dream, go get it! Skydiving had always been a dream of mine, and I am so happy the opportunity presented itself to me at the exact right moment, in the perfect place. Thank you God, Thank you California, thank you Santa Barbara, thank you Tim, and thank you to ME. So proud of myself!