One year ago, I decided that I would go skydiving to commemorate my birthday. I am so glad that I did. Would I do it again? Yes! In a heartbeat.
But before you take the dive, I have some things about my skydiving experience that I want to share that could help prepare you for what’s to come.
- No matter what time of year you go, it’s extremely cold for about 60+% of the dive. This may not come as a surprise to some, but for me, a counselor who is not very knowledgeable about how the weather works (LOL), I was not prepared for that level of cold! Also, I have sensitive teeth so it was kind of painful for a few minutes during the free fall. Dress accordingly!
- The plane ride up was scarier for me than the actual dive. The plane is super tiny and thus is moved very easily by the forces of the wind. My stomach felt worse during the ascension than it did actually jumping out of the plane!
- The parachute release was also very painful to the crotch and breast area for me. With this type of skydive, the instructor’s weight is positioned on top of your own weight. So when the parachute releases, your weight plus the weight of the instructor is all dropped into the seat and straps of the harness at once — your crotch and chest area. Ouch. But this pain lasted all of five seconds.
- Breath-taking views. You’ll see me in the video below saying, “This is so beautiful,” multiple times. I’ve been in many airplanes… but jumping out of one; the view is completely different and simply gorgeous. How it looks is much different from how it feels. Nothing like it!
- I’ve always been fascinated with stars and clouds. During my skydiving experience I actually got the opportunity to float through a cloud. It was a feeling I’ll never forget — very moist, and cold, but extremely refreshing and cleansing at the same time. Every time I look up at the clouds I reminisce on that time I floated around inside one!
- Skydiving was a spiritual experience for me in that it reshaped the way that I think about myself and the world around me. It was one of those experiences that made me realize how small I and my problems are. It gave me, literally and figuratively, a new perspective on life.
- Feeling like I can conquer anything! If I can jump out of a plane (and survive), what can’t I do? Fear exists only in my mind and I know that I can overcome whatever form it takes. The world is mine.
Without further ado, check out my full video below! Enjoy.